Block Island Times

Utility District looks toward an uncertain future

The Block Island Utility District Board of Commissioners held its second meeting by Zoom on Saturday, April 25. In some ways it was business as usual, with the commissioners approving the draft audit report first presented last month by the auditors from Marcum, and continuing their ongoing discussion of building a house for the president of the Block Island Power Company, Jeffery Wright. But underlying it all was a deep river of uncertainty about the immediate and future effects the Coronavirus pandemic would have on the economy of Block Island, and how that might negatively impact the power company.
Wright reported that the first week of May is when the demand for power “goes way up,” and he is able to follow the “load profile” on a daily basis. If necessary, he said, he would call for an emergency meeting of the Board of Commissioners.
Wright also said he had participated in a remote meeting of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and the subject of whether electric cooperatives would, or should be included in the national bail-out programs, such as the Paycheck Protection Program in response to the pandemic. While, he said, R.I Senators

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