ENERGY BRIEFS

ENERGY BRIEFS

RI ADVISED TO REJECT

HYDRO-QUEBEC OFFER

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Rhode Island is being advised to pass on an offer that would allow it to buy electricity from a Canadian supplier and then resell it to local utilities.

The plan was criticized as too costly Monday at a joint hearing of the state Public Utilities Commission and the Department of Economic Development.

The hearing was called after the General Assembly passed a resolution last spring "encouraging" the PUC to investigate Hydro-Quebec's offer to sell 250 megawatts of hydroelectric power to the state at the relatively inexpensive rate of 4.37 cents a kilowatt hour.

The Sundlun administration believes one of the reasons Rhode Island is losing manufacturers is the high cost of energy in the state compared with other regions of the country.

COAL MINERS STRIKE

IN GERMANY

BOCHUM, Germany - Ruhr Valley miners went on widespread half-day strikes Wednesday, blocking highways and rail crossings to protest plans to cut 6,000 more jobs in Germany's historically important coal country.

About 80,000 people joined the actions. The union of mine and energy workers, headquartered in Bochum, said the strike hit all mines in the Ruhr Valley and the headquarters of the mining concern, Ruhrkohle AG.

Ruhrkohle previously put through plans to cut 12,000 jobs, and after it said on Tuesday it would eliminate 6,000 more in 1994, miners' protests broke out spontaneously. Several mines were occupied and midnight shifts did not go to work.