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RI Good Neighbor Energy Fund

Pascoag Utility District is a proud partner of the Rhode Island Good Neighbor Energy Fund. The Good Neighbor Energy Fund is available to any Rhode Islander who, because of temporary financial difficulty, has fallen behind on their energy bills and has not qualified for or received other energy assistance funds. The Fund to date has raised a total of more than $10.6 million which has assisted over 39, 750 RI families. If you are in need of financial assistance to help with a monthly energy expense, please contact the District Office and speak to one of our Customer Service Representatives.

Help local families stay warm this winter and donate to the Rhode Island Good Neighbor Energy Fund. Look for the yellow Rhode Island Good Neighbor Energy Fund donation envelope in your electric bill in the coming months! For more information please visit: www.rigoodneighbor.com

Berean Baptist Church Retrofit Lighting Project

On September 21, 2011 Pascoag Utility District presented Reverend Darin R. Collins with a rebate check of $1,556.50! The Church had an Energy Audit performed by RISE Engineering. The Berean Baptist Church completed a retro-fit lighting project and replaced all their older lighting with new energy efficient lighting. As a result, they received a rebate check for 50% of the project. The new lighting will save them 2,404 kWh annually.

Green Festival

For the past five years, the Pascoag Utility District has held a Green Festival in honor of Public Power Week during the month of September.  Festival goers donate $2.00 to a local nonprofit that is chosen by District staff members and receive a bracelet that allows them to participate in festival activities. Past nonprofits that have been chosen to benefit from the Festival include, local food pantries, RI Good Neighbor Energy Fund and the Burrillville Farmers Market.

The Green Festival is a family event that offers something for everyone. There’s conservation information, energy saving and sustainable living products and much more! Children have lots to do with activities, bucket truck rides and face painting!

Each year the Festival offers something different than the year before. Visit our website in August for information on what 2012’s Green Festival will bring!

Summer Workshops

Each year the Pascoag Utility District runs free Sustainable Living workshops on topics that are of interest to our customers.  We feel that by educating our customers and community members it will provide them with the necessary tools to conserve energy and water thereby saving them money in the future.

In the past we’ve teamed up with various people and organizations to bring up to date conservation information to our customers. Some of our booths/workshops include:

  • The RI Water Lady who sells recycled rain water barrels
  • Alteris Renewables for Solar and Wind workshops
  • Affordable Energy System for Geothermal workshops
  • Pascoag Utility District booths for conservation information and give-aways

If you have an idea for a workshop you’d like to see, please email Desarae Downs at ddowns@pud-ri.org with your suggestions.

Holiday Lighting Project

Each year the Pascoag Utility District in coordination with Harrisville and Pascoag Fire Departments, donate their time and staff to put up the holiday lights that hang through the villages of Harrisville and Pascoag during December.

The District donates the electricity to power the lights. In 2009 Pascoag and Harrisville Fire Departments purchased new LED lights to replace the incandescent ones. The incandescent lights cost over $600.00 to power over the holiday season. The new LED lights cost just over $20.00! This is truly something to think about when you go to purchase lights.

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