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Governor's New Plan Tackles Soaring Energy Costs

PROVIDENCE -- Gov. Don Carcieri, moving to address soaring energy costs and high home heating bills, announced a five-point energy plan Thursday that includes calls for reforming the electricity market and increasing the supply of natural gas.

The Republican governor also signed an executive order appointing the state's first chief energy adviser, who will oversee the energy policy.

Carcieri's plan comes as Rhode Island grapples with steeply rising energy prices. Northeast lawmakers have complained that a federal program aimed at providing heating assistance to low-income families is underfunded, and the U.S. Energy Secretary has warned that oil and natural gas production from the Gulf Coast will probably not recover from hurricane damage until this summer.

Carcieri said he wants to increase the supply of natural gas by supporting the construction of liquefied natural gas terminals that can feed Rhode Island and the rest of the region. Carcieri opposes efforts to site a terminal along Narragansett Bay in Providence, saying the region is too densely populated, but has said a good alternative would be terminals in eastern Canada.

Carcieri also said he wants to work with federal regulators to reform the electricity market so that Rhode Islanders do not pay inflated prices.

Another element of the government's plan calls for using more renewable energy. Carcieri said he hoped a wind power project being developed by the State Energy Office and the... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  
The Republican governor also signed an executive order appointing the state's first chief energy adviser, who will oversee the energy policy.

Carcieri's plan comes as Rhode Island grapples with steeply rising energy prices. Northeast lawmakers have complained that a federal program aimed at providing heating assistance to low-income families is underfunded, and the U.S. Energy Secretary has warned that oil and natural gas production from the Gulf Coast will probably not recover from hurricane damage until this summer.

Carcieri said he wants to increase the supply of natural gas by supporting the construction of liquefied natural gas terminals that can feed Rhode Island and the rest of the region. Carcieri opposes efforts to site a terminal along Narragansett Bay in Providence, saying the region is too densely populated, but has said a good alternative would be terminals in eastern Canada.

Carcieri also said he wants to work with federal regulators to reform the electricity market so that Rhode Islanders do not pay inflated prices.

Another element of the government's plan calls for using more renewable energy. Carcieri said he hoped a wind power project being developed by the State Energy Office and the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation will ultimately satisfy 15 percent of the state's energy needs.

Carcieri has asked for an audit of state energy use to help come up with strategies for decreasing energy consumption.

Carcieri appointed Andrew Dzykewicz Thursday as the state's first chief energy adviser to the Governor. Dzykewicz will take over the State Energy Office, and be charged with implementing Carcieri's energy policy.

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JAN 12 2006
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