Rhode Island utility rates are already among the top five highest states in the entire country.
This October, a 47% increase in electricity bills proposed by Rhode Island Energy was approved for the coming winter.
With climate change, our dependence on global fossil fuels, plus inflation, shifting to renewable energy sources is extra urgent. PIPP would allow us to make a just transition during our shift towards green energy.
In order to assure that our transition to renewables doesn't increase burdens on people of color and low-income households who already pay more than their share, we need to implement a Percentage Income Payment Plan in Rhode Island as soon as possible.
We need to ensure low-wealth families and individuals in Rhode Island don't experience the grave consequences of unfair utility shut-offs.
The additional energy costs of quarantining, studying and/or working from home during the pandemic have disproportionately put low-income families in more debt.
Utility justice is a racial justice issue, according to a report by Synapse Energy Economics, Inc. Black families are twice as likely to face economic energy insecurity.
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