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National Grid enters agreement to sell R.I. operations

PBN: National Grid Enters Agreement to Sell R.I. Operations
National Grid PLC has entered into an agreement to sell its Rhode Island power business, known as Narragansett Electric Co., to the Pennsylvania-based PPL Corp. for $3.8 billion, the companies announced Thursday morning. The regulatory process for the sale of National Grid’s Rhode Island operations is expected to take nine to 12 months.
A Chamber Conversation with Congressman David Cicilline
Chamber President Laurie White spoke recently with Congressman David Cicilline about the American Rescue Plan, antitrust issues, improving U.S. infrastructure, the McKee administration, COVID-19 vaccination efforts and other timely topics impacting Rhode Islanders today.
A Chamber Conversation with Michele Lederberg –
Interim President and CEO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of RI

Laurie White hosted a conversation with Michele Lederberg, Interim President and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island. They discussed healthcare trends in 2021, the COVID-19 vaccine, health equity issues, telehealth, prescription drug costs and the pending merger involving Lifespan, Care New England and Brown University.
Be Safe Fresh Program Launched to Deliver
”Heat and Eat” Meals to Rhode Islanders

The new Be Safe Fresh program launched in February and is already delivering 450 “heat and eat” meals each week to Rhode Islanders in need. Partners Bank of America and Family Service of RI launched this program to help families experiencing food and economic uncertainty during COVID. Now, with Bank of America’s additional contribution of healthy chicken, fish and vegan meals to these deliveries, even more Rhode Islanders will get the help they need.
Southwest’s Acts of Kindness
As the airline with Heart, Southwest is coming together with their employees and communities across the country to inspire one million Acts of Kindness. They are inviting their customers, partners and friends to join them in the call to put their Hearts in Action to inspire a kinder, more compassionate world.
RI Good Neighbor Energy Fund Remains
Available to Those Impacted by COVID-19

Although the winter season is coming to an end, the Rhode Island Good Neighbor Energy Fund continues to be available to all eligible households in the state impacted by the pandemic or another crisis. The Fund’s sponsoring energy companies and its administrator, United Way of Rhode Island, want to remind local households struggling financially that the Fund assists with payment of home energy expenses, not only during the winter months but throughout the spring and into the summer.
Centreville Bank Charitable Foundation Donates
$177,500 to 11 Organizations Throughout RI

The Centreville Bank Charitable Foundation has awarded $177,500 in funding to 11 organizations in Rhode Island announced Harold M. Horvat, bank President, CEO and Chairman.