Island community’s energy transition continues with efficiency plan

Energy News Network: Mary Jane Balser has lived on Block Island, off the Rhode Island coast, for more than 30 years, and for much of that time, electric power has been a problem.

Demand soars in what is officially the community of New Shoreham during warm-weather months, when tourists arrive in the island harbors en masse to enjoy the beaches, restaurants and oceanfront hotels. The fleet of diesel-fueled generators that were long the island’s sole source of energy routinely struggled to keep up.

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