Block Island Power Company
Powering Block Island Since 1925
Block Island Utility District
Transforming Block Island's Energy Future since 2018

Block Island Power Company

Special Update:
The BIPCO Team met on March 18, 2020 to discuss the best way to continue serving our community while keeping ourselves safe and healthy. Our focus is on always being available 24/7 to respond to outages and emergencies and we will never waiver from our core mission. The following services have been modified in response to the virus as shown below:

Office Hours: The office is closed to all in-person transactions. We encourage everyone to pay electronically, by dropping your payment in the white drop box out front or by mail. The office will be staffed Monday-Wednesday-Friday from 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM to process payments, receive member inquiries/calls and to respond to other electronic communications.

Call Center: Our back up call center (CRC) is still fully operational (they have a great pandemic response plan that includes infrastructure to answer calls remotely to protect their employees) and will continue to answer your calls outside of the hours I’ve posted above. They have our direct lines and will contact us immediately if needed.

Outage Response: We are on call and will respond to outages and emergencies as we always do.

Routine Service Work and Electrician Requests for Assistance: These types of requests will be dealt with on a case by case basis and are being strongly discouraged to avoid exposing our staff to others.

Capital Upgrade Plans (Contractors Presence): In an effort to protect all of you from unnecessary visitors and contact to potential carriers of the virus, we have ceased all work done by outside resources.

Disconnects for Non-Payment: During this time of uncertainty and hardship we will not disconnect anyone for non-payment. That being said, we are now a not-for-profit member owned and governed utility district that operates with slim margins. Please help us pay our bills by paying yours if you are able. If you need assistance we will offer generous payment plans to assist you.

If you have any questions, concerns or an immediate need please contact us via e-mail tfredericks@blockislandutilitydistrict.com or by calling the office M-W-F during the hours of 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM. 

Stay safe and healthy everyone, everyone at the power company is doing all we can to provide you with the same great service we strive for every day.

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The Block Island Utility District dba Block Island Power Company proudly serves Block Islanders with safe and reliable energy.

The member owned and governed Utility District is Block Island’s clean source for island energy. 

Originally named the Island Light and Power Company, the Island’s electric utility has undergone many ownership changes since it became the Island’s electric supplier. The original company was incorporated by a special act of the Rhode Island General Assembly in January, 1925.

In November 2016, the Town of New Shoreham purchased the majority shares of the company and sponsored the effort to creat a non-profit electric utility district. In June 2018, the RI General Assembly passed the Block Island Utility District Act. The Utility District, led by the original Board of Commissioners successfully negotiated the acquisition of the assets of the Block Island Power Company and began operations as the Block Island Utility District dba Block Island Power Company on March 25, 2019.

Our core mission today is to of course serve our customers with safe, reliable and affordable electricity. Equally important however is to be a member governed, transparent and member/consumer focused electric utility that is enthusiastically leading the transformation of the Island’s energy future.

For 92 years, the Island’s electric supply was a fleet of diesel generators that burned as much as 1,000,000 gallons of diesel fuel. On May 1, 2017 the company connected to the mainland power grid through National Grid’s Sea2Shore submarine cable. This monumental transition has stabilized supply prices, reduced carbon emissions and noise pollution and has provided us with access to clean power supply available in the New England wholesale power supply markets.

Block Island is the home to the Block Island Wind Farm, the nation’s first off-shore wind farm which is owned and operated by Orsted. The 30MW wind farm has proven to be a cost effective means of generating electricity

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