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May 27, 2021

Barrington's Community Electricity Aggregation Program Approved

Goal is to expand access to clean electricity at competitive rates 

The Town of Barrington, along with the cities of Providence and Central Falls and the Town of South Kingstown, received approval from the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), for the state’s first Community Electricity Aggregation (CEA) programs, also known as municipal aggregation. Together these communities represent nearly 20% of all households in Rhode Island.

 

Each municipality’s plan sets out a vision to provide competitively sourced and cleaner electricity as the new default in their communities. The plans also offer optional products to maximize affordability or environmental benefit.

 

Community Electricity Aggregation, or CEA, allows a municipality to procure electricity in bulk for residents and businesses, with the goal of increasing the renewable content of the electricity used by the entire community while keeping the supply rate stable and affordable.  

 

For Providence, Central Falls, South Kingstown, and Barrington, the CEA process started in 2019 when the City and Town Councils approved the development of aggregation plans. The communities retained an aggregation consultant, Good Energy, to help them develop their individual plans, obtain the required regulatory approval, and launch the programs. 

 

With support from their Resilience & Energy Committee, the Town of Barrington moved swiftly to develop the program plan, solicit public input and submit the final version to the PUC. “The Community Electricity Aggregation program is an opportunity for the residents of Barrington to control utility costs and take a real step forward in promoting and utilizing green energy,” said Barrington Town Manager Jim Cunha. “Barrington is one of the most susceptible municipalities in Rhode Island to the impacts of sea level rise. It is time for Barrington residents to step up and do everything in their power to combat this environmental crisis. The approval of the Community Aggregation Program is an important step in the right direction.” 

 

With the PUC approvals, the four communities are ready to procure bids for electricity supply after which they will launch extensive education and outreach campaigns in their communities. The programs may launch as early as the fall of 2021.

 

 “These Rhode Island communities are placing themselves at the forefront of the vital campaign to pursue energy democracy and combat climate change,” said Philip Carr, New England Director for Good Energy. 

May 21, 2021

Town Manager issues Executive Order 21-06 

 

COVID-19 Resources

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Dear Residents, Businesses, and Community Partners,

 

I hope you are well, and on your way to being fully vaccinated.

 

A reminder that to be considered fully vaccinated, you are two weeks past your second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two weeks past your one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

 

The state lifted its mask mandate for those who are fully vaccinated. However, masks are still required in certain settings. The state also updated its re-opening guidelines.

Note: Masks are required in all Barrington municipal buildings to include the Library and schools.

 

 

COVID-19 Information

 

Current Eligibility: All Rhode Islanders ages 12 and older, those that work in R.I, and visitors.

Transportation: R.I. Public Transit Authority is offering free fares to those going to and from vaccination appointments. People with vaccine appointments can CustomerService@RIPTA.com or call 401-781-9400.

Vaccines for Veterans: The Providence Veterans Medical Center offers vaccines for veterans, their spouses and caregivers by appointment or through the walk-in clinic. Visit here or call 401-273-7100 ext. 16226.

 

Homebound Vaccinations: Request a vaccine here or call 401-222-8022.

 

Options for Rhode Islanders 12+ to be vaccinated:

 

*Note: the Pfizer vaccine has been approved for use with 12- to 15-year-olds.

 

  1. State Sites: Register for a vaccine here or call 844-930-1779. No appointment needed at the Cranston, Providence and Middletown sites.

  2. Regional Sites: Located in East Providence, Johnston and Westerly. Register for an appointment here.

    • No appointment needed for East Providence site, Shaw’s, 585 Taunton Avenue. Open Wednesdays and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

  3. Pharmacies: CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Stop and Shop (no appointment needed)

  4. Lifespan Clinic and Care New England Clinic

 

CDC guidance on mask wearing for fully-vaccinated Americans is available here.

For more information on vaccines, visit: https://covid.ri.gov/vaccination. Sign up for RIDOH’s weekly vaccination newsletter here.

Grant and Assistance Programs

 

Barrington Updates

 

Information and registration for our summer camps is now available, here.

 

A reminder that face coverings are required in all municipal buildings.

 

Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation. Let’s overcome this virus! 

Stay positive and test negative,

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Announcements

Events, Alerts, Job Openings, Etc.

Email jbellm@barrington.ri.gov to submit requests to list an upcoming event on Community Calendar

Financial Town Meeting

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

at 7:00 pm (In person)

Barrington High School, 220 Lincoln Ave. Auditorium/Cafeteria. See Agenda here

FACE MASKS ARE MANDATORY

Televised LIVE on i3Broadband Cable TV

(fka Full Channel) - Channel 17

7:00 PM to conclusion. ennsunrise.com/live

Click here for Financial Town Meeting Public Notice.

Three (3) Committee on Appropriations vacancies to be filled by an Election

at the Financial Town Meeting.

Nominations can be made on the floor at the Financial Town Meeting. Applications are no longer being accepted at the Town Clerk's office for the Committee on Appropriations vacancies.

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​​Sun Safety: Don't Get Burned!

Action steps for sun protection - tips from the US EPA's Sunwise program.

 

More information: www.epa.gov/sunwise

Be Prepared for Extreme Heat

Extreme heat often results in the highest annual number of deaths among all weather-related disasters.

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National Grid Electrical

Distribution Interruptions

 

Click here for 2015 - 2020 Customer Interruption details for the following Towns: Barrington, Bristol, Middletown, Portsmouth, Tiverton and Warren.

 

Apply to "Adopt-A-Spot"

The Adopt-A-Spot program was created to meet a need of our community. The program allows volunteers to keep a portion of public areas beautified and properly maintained. Volunteers are allowed to adopt a spot that is important to them, their families, and their community. All public spaces are eligible for adoption such as: traffic islands, medians, and town owned lots, streets, and parks.

Accessing Town Clerk Services During Covid-19

Urging Residents to Use Online and Mail Services. As you know, the Coronavirus (Covid-19) is in RI and diligence must be made to prevent the spread. In that effort, the Town of Barrington is advising residents and businesses to take advantage of its Online, Mail-in services and utilization of the Town’s Drop Box located at the left front door of Town Hall. For more information, please visit the Town Clerk's page.

Barrington Village: Neighbors helping neighbors remain in their community as they age.

Visit www.villagecommonri.org, and select Barrington Village in Our Villages tab for details.

Contact us by phone at (401) 400-5599

to speak with a volunteer,

Monday-Friday, 9-5. Or by email at barrington@villagecommonri.org

 

Eco-Depot - Disposal of Household Hazardous Waste

 

Eco-Depot is a free service for properly disposing of household hazardous waste from RI households (for non-residential hazardous waste disposal click here). You can make an appointment for an Eco-Depot collection via http://rirrc.org/ecodepot. Appointments are made to minimize wait times at the facility.

 

E-Permitting Available: Building, Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing, and More

 

E-permitting in Barrington is available through the Rhode Island's state web-based system.

 

Applicants can apply for a range of permits such as buildingdemolitionelectricalmechanical and plumbing as well as applying for and renewing Chicken/Hen registrations by visiting the following website:

https://barringtonri.viewpointcloud.com

 

Paper applications for the above permits will no longer be accepted. Please contact Isabelle Gillibrand at 401-247-1900, ext. 326 or igillibrand@barrington.ri.gov for additional information. 

Further information on e-permitting and other frequently requested resources can be found on the Building and Zoning Page. 

Recycling, Composting, Reduce & Reuse Tips

 

RI Resource Recovery's website includes tips and other information on recycling, composting, reducing and reusing, etc.

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