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$75,000 for short-term energy assistance, investments for long-term energy efficiency
By Jenny Pereira / November 19, 2014 /   Loading Disqus...
Like many Rhode Islanders, you may be alarmed by recent headlines projecting higher energy costs this winter. Energy experts say we could see up to a 30% increase in our electric bills. Whether or not the Farmer’s Almanac’s predictions of a harsher winter are correct, we know that higher utility costs will cause vulnerable families additional hardship. That’s why the Foundation recently made a $75,000 grant to the Salvation Army’s Good Neighbor Energy Fund, which provides energy assistance to Rhode Islanders in temporary crisis. (Other resources are available through the local community action programs and People’s Power & Light
 
Energy efficiency is the best way to lower our electricity bills and keep families warm in the winter, and Rhode Island’s work on energy efficiency is paying off in a big way. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) just ranked Rhode Island as the third most energy efficient state in the country. The Rhode Island Foundation is proud to support the work of many organizations like the Acadia Center, Conservation Law Foundation and Energy Consumers Alliance of New England that have a lot to do with Rhode Island’s third place ACEEE ranking. Initiatives like Green & Healthy Homes strive to use energy efficiency to help make housing affordable for families. The Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources prioritizes energy efficiency in the (under-construction) state energy plan. These and other initiatives, including efforts to increase production of more price-stable renewable energy, will change the story on energy costs in the long term. 

Let’s help our neighbors in the short term, continue on our path towards energy efficiency for the future, and hope for a mild winter. 

 

(Co-authored with Inés Merchan, our grant-maker in the Basic Human Needs sector).

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