Extended power outages are a public safety issue and an economic issue that we cannot ignore any longer.
At a hearing before the House Committee on Corporations, our
Utility Emergency Response Bill (H-5327)
received broad support from small business groups, public safety organizations, professional associations and 15 cities and towns.
The Utility Emergency Response Bill is modeled after a successful MA law which allowed MA to collect over $25 million in fines from utility companies for insufficient emergency response. National Grid tried and failed to erode MA's ability to fine the company for substandard emergency response through legal maneuvering. Now, they are trying the same trick in Rhode Island by lobbying against the ratepayers and against the Utility Emergency Response Bill.