At a program sponsored by the Environment Council of Rhode Island (ECRI), RENEW’s Executive Director, Francis Pullaro, explained how increasing wind energy production in Rhode Island on land and in its ocean waters can benefit the state’s environment and economy. Addressing ECRI members at the event in the rotunda of the Rhode Island State House were Gov. Lincoln Chafee, Chair of the House Environment and Agriculture Committee Rep. Art Handy, ECRI President Tricia Jedele, ECRI Vice-president Mike Roles, and Department of Environmental Management legislative liaison Nicole Pollock.
Mr. Pullaro also spoke to the current interest policymakers in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Maine have in finding an appropriate role for large Canadian hydropower in their energy portfolios. He outlined RENEW’s vision for large Canadian hydropower in New England in which it provides cleaner balancing power for variable resources like wind and solar as opposed to being a substitute for them.