Gov. Gina Raimondo will meet with other New England governors in Hartford, Conn., tomorrow to discuss the region’s energy problems.
At a private roundtable, New England governors plan to explore solutions to a number of challenges: the rising prices of electricity, limited pipeline capacity, and the aging electricity grid.
Raimondo said these are important energy issues to fix to help create jobs and jumpstart the state’s struggling economy. “To achieve this we must collaborate on a regional level to reduce energy costs and strengthen grid reliability, all while advancing important environmental goals,” she said.
Raimondo said the governors will explore solutions that include investing in new natural gas infrastructure and in clean energy sources.
“As governor, I am committed to moving ahead with cost-effective, regional energy infrastructure projects - including expansion of natural gas capacity - that will improve our business climate and create new opportunities for Rhode Islanders,” said Raimondo.
But some environmental advocates don’t think it’s a good idea to expand the region’s natural gas capacity. They’ve given New England governors heat for supporting such an expansion, saying it would be better to use the existing pipelines more efficiently than to build new ones.
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