Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo and Newport lawmakers want National Grid to pay for future problems that lead to a loss of heat or electricity. Elected officials say Rhode Island has no way to fine National Grid or any utility in cases where company failures cause power outages for residents.

State regulators faulted National Grid for the weeklong loss of heat in Newport in January. But Governor Raimondo says the state cannot penalize the company.

“We need to put more teeth into the department of public utilities is allowed to do as it relates to Grid,” Raimondo said. “In Massachusetts, the DPUC can fine National Grid and I believe would fine National Grid in an instance like this.”

A bill that would have made it possible to impose an up to $7.5 million dollar fine against National Grid for issues leading to a major outage, not pass the General Assembly this year.