Alex Kuffner, Providence Journal

Alex Kuffner

Providence Journal

Providence, RI, United States

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Recent articles by Alex:

Renowned historian calls Rhode Island a leader for environmental change

Speaking in the General Assembly about his new book on the growth of the environmental movement, historian Douglas Brinkley says that Rhode Island can be leader going forward. → Read More

Top environmental issues facing RI lawmakers in 2023: Solar farm siting, curbing emissions

Expect even more legislation on the environment this year to build on laws passed in the past two years. Top of the list could be a solar siting bill. → Read More

Massachusetts construction company faces criminal charges for using contaminated soil on 6-10 road project

A Massachusetts construction is facing criminal charges in state court in Rhode Island for using contaminated soil in the 6-10 road project, and lying about it. → Read More

New program will help lower income homeowners get solar panels. Here's how it works.

Rhode Island is moving forward with a program to reduce the costs of solar power for low- and moderate-income households. It's the first program in the nation to use a new federal incentive. → Read More

Chemical company settles alleged environmental violations in Providence, other cities

Chemical company Univar pays $800,000 to settle safety violations at facilities in Rhode Island, Colorado and Pennsylvania. → Read More

Thinking of upgrading your heating system? Federal dollars on the way

About half of RI homes use natural gas and just under a third use oil. Only about a tenth of households currently use electricity for heat. → Read More

State panel adopts plan for net-zero emissions, but some think it doesn't go far enough

The state panel in charge of climate policy adopted a plan to get RI to net-zero emissions by 2050 but some say it doesn't go far enough. → Read More

Greenhouse gas emissions were down in 2018-2019. Why Rhode Island may not meet a 2030 goal

Rhode Island saw reduced greenhouse gas emissions in 2018-2019, the most recent date data was available. → Read More

As another town bans plastic bags, statewide law in the works

Narragansett is following the lead of 17 other municipalities in the state that prohibit retailers from handing out the thin single-use bags. → Read More

Providence group receives EPA grant, aims to train new environmental advocates

A program created by the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council that aims to train residents to advocate on the environment is set to expand. → Read More

Trainer of NBA stars arrested in East Greenwich on Boston rape charges

Robert McLanaghan, a trainer to Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and other NBA stars, was arrested in RI on charges of rape and drugging for intercourse. → Read More

Questions raised over offshore wind cable proposed for Sakonnet River

After offshore wind developers raised concerns over financing, Rhode Island regulators consider pausing application for electric cable for one of the projects. → Read More

In RI's other House race, Cicilline banks on momentum, Waters runs as an everyman

The race in Congressional District 1 is subdued compared to the heavily partisan matchup in CD2, but that doesn't mean the candidates haven't taken stands. → Read More

The state's first case of bird flu in domestic birds has been found in Newport County, RI

The first confirmed RI case of avian flu in domestic birds resulted in a backyard flock of chickens, geese, ducks and turkeys being euthanized. → Read More

Rhode Island is offering rebates on electric bicycles. Here's what to know.

Rhode Island is starting an electric bike rebate program, named for a late journalist and environmentalist, to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. → Read More

Offshore wind solicitation issued without incentive for utility

Rhode Island's largest utility has opened a solicitation for up to 1,000 megawatts of offshore wind. The procurement omits a controversial incentive for the utility. → Read More

Can the governor stop energy bills from going up? Depends on how you read this RI law.

Ashley Kalus doubles down on a claim Gov. Dan McKee can stop the energy rate hike, attacks McKee's "unAmerican" ad. → Read More

Longtime Rhode Island Republican activist Daniel Harrop dies at 68

Longtime Rhode Island Republican activist Dr. Daniel Harrop, who died Thursday, was remembered for his faith, humor and service to the party. → Read More

Amid protests, winter electric rate hike OK'd – but some will pay less than last year

State regulators approved a record-high electric rate increase for most Rhode Islanders, but adopted measures to temper the bill impact. → Read More

Rhode Islanders speak out against proposed energy rate hikes. What to know

Dozens of Rhode Islanders urged regulators to reject requests from the state's largest utility for steep increases in electric and natural gas rates. → Read More