R.I. legislator: Bill requiring companies to conduct equipment inspections continues path

Rhode Island state Rep. Raymond Hull told TransmissionHub that his bill requiring electric transmission and distribution companies to conduct periodic equipment inspections continues to move through Rhode Island’s legislative process.

H7632 also requires those companies to provide a report of those inspections to the state Division of Public Utilities and Carriers.

The division is to prepare a report, one year following enactment of the bill, on rates of outages and service disruptions experienced by customers. Furthermore, the bill gives the division the authority to require additional inspections or surveys by the utility companies as it deems appropriate.

Hull said March 27 that while the bill is set to be heard by the House Committee on Corporations on March 28, the hearing may be postponed.

He said he remains optimistic that “we’ll see [the bill] through” before the legislative session ends in June.

The state will benefit from the bill’s passage, he said, noting how Rhode Island was “crippled” after storms last year that led to power outages.

“Why do we wait until an accident happens?” he said, noting that it makes sense for the bill to be addressed this year when the state has had a mild winter.

Hull added it is about preventative maintenance.

He also said some senators are planning to attend the committee hearing. “We’ll take it from there,” he said.

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