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Garden City Center hosted the third annual Rhode Island Drive Electric Day on Saturday, Sept. 10. Electric vehicle drivers, enthusiasts, and intrigued local residents attended the show to learn about the benefits of electric cars as part of National Drive Electric Week.

The Rhode Island event is one of more than 224 across the country in which electric vehicle owners and their neighbors participate in electric car parades, “tailpipe-free” tailgate parties, recognition of leaders promoting electric vehicles, and launches of new public charging stations. There were also raffles and giveaways.

There are more than 400 electric vehicles registered in Rhode Island, and Garden City has two charging stations. Vehicles by Chevrolet, Nissan, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen, and BMW were among those on hand for the event.

The electricity used at the event was matched with clean, New England wind power thanks to a collaboration with People’s Power & Light.

Ocean State Clean Cities, the URI Outreach Center, the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, and Drive Electric-New England teamed up with National Drive Electric Week national organizers Plug-In America, the Sierra Club, and the Electric Auto Association to put on the event. Sponsors included Peoples Power and Light, National Grid, ChargePort, Speedcraft VW, BMW of Warwick, and Paul Masse.

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richardcorrente

Warwick residents as well as 93% of the rest of R.I. are paying too much for their electricity. Finally, Rhode Island is fully de-regulated for electricity and Lt. Governor Dan McKee has issued a statement that it is his goal to have "over 40%' of Rhode Islanders switch to a different source of electricity other than National Grid, who just announced that they will be instituting a large increase in their rates in October of this year.

In my administration I plan on making these new sources more available to all Warwick residents with the names and phone numbers of any CERTIFIED energy agents. The cost to the taxpayers will be zero and the savings could be substantial. In my administration, taxpayers will come first!

Enjoy Autumn everyone.

Richard Corrente

Endorsed Democrat for Mayor

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Norm88

So your going to provide information that is already available?

https://www.ri.gov/app/dpuc/empowerri

Thursday, September 22, 2016
Justanidiot

Wow. When you get the force of the Lt. Governor's office behind you, watch out. A force of nature. A dynamo. Someone with no definitive duties and takes up space. No wonder mayer corrente looks up to him.

Thursday, September 22, 2016
richardcorrente

Dear Norm88 and Justanidiot,

I saved only 7% on my home electric but a healthy 22% on my electric bill for my office. You should check out alternative sources of electricity. There are several. National Grid doesn't want you to leave them because they are the most expensive and they don't want to part with their healthy profit margin. In Connecticut over 40 % of users buy their electricity from an alternative source. Remember when the phone company faced competition? Check around. the savings aren't small.

Norm, you're right. The information is "already available". My plan is to make it easier to access. I want every Warwick taxpayer to know all the pros and cons of all the sources of electricity so they can make an informed decision. All of the people on my list are certified. I know because I've seen their credentials personally.

Your welcome.

Rick

Thursday, September 22, 2016