Ratepayers say yes to “peak shaving”

In “resounding” fashion, the Block Island Utility District’s account holders approved the concept of “peak shaving,”  whereby the utility could operate its diesel generators for up to 53 hours per year as a cost-saving measure. The referendum is nonbinding, but the Utility District’s commissioners wanted to get the public’s input before making a decision on the matter.
As part of the election process, Mary Jane Balser (360 votes) was re-elected to the Board of Utility Commissioners, and Elliott Taubman (352 votes) was elected to a seat for the first time. They will join Chair

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