Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources details paths to become first state to have 100% renewable electricity


In January 2020, Governor Gina M. Raimondo called for Rhode Island to become the first state in the country to meet 100% of its electricity demand with renewable energy by 2030.

Now, a new report released by the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (OER) details the analysis and avenues to achieve this bold, but achievable goal.

In a press release released today, the Office of Energy Resources says that a clean, affordable and reliable electricity system – powered by renewable energy – is essential for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at statewide that contribute to climate change and adverse impacts on public health. It will also enable broader GHG reductions in Rhode Island’s heating and transportation sectors over time, while stimulating local investment and job growth.

“Rhode Island is a national leader in clean energy with viable paths to become the first 100% renewable state and dramatically reduce GHG emissions from the electricity sector,” said State Energy Commissioner Nicholas S Ucci in a press release. “As the site of the country’s first offshore wind farm and cost-effective, nationally recognized energy efficiency programs, the Ocean State has proven that decarbonization can generate environmental and public health benefits, while stimulating economic investments and local jobs. This report presents a thorough and honest assessment of technological and policy pathways to achieve this goal by 2030. OER looks forward to advancing this work with state leaders, utilities and esteemed stakeholders in the months to come. to come.

On January 17, 2020, Governor Raimondo signed an executive order committing Rhode Island to be supplied with 100% renewable electricity by the end of the decade. Its decree ordered OER to conduct an economic and energy market analysis and develop concrete policies and programs to achieve this goal. Stakeholder engagement was a key part of this work to help illuminate realistic pathways that work for Rhode Islanders, while leading the state towards a low-carbon electricity supply.

The report includes 10 recommendations for policy, planning and empowerment, and equity, including calls for a 100% renewable energy standard and the extension of the Least Cost Purchasing Act. and state energy efficiency.

“Today’s report provides a clear roadmap for Rhode Island to achieve our common goal: a low-carbon electricity system,” said Tom Giordano, executive director of The Rhode Island Partnership, a nonprofit led by CEOs that supports K-12 education, workforce development, infrastructure and business attraction. “We applaud Governor Raimondo’s leadership in making specific recommendations that will give Rhode Island businesses the flexibility to find clean energy solutions at a lower cost. We are excited to help achieve this goal and have confidence that Rhode Island businesses will thrive and prosper in the future of clean energy.

The OER report “The Road to 100% Renewable Electricity by 2030 in Rhode Island” is the latest in a series of major initiatives to reduce the state’s carbon emissions, reduce its dependence on fossil fuels and to make a smooth transition to clean energy resources:

The full report can be viewed online at: http://www.energy.ri.gov/100percent/.

The Governor’s goal of 100% renewable electricity by 2030 is part of a broader state strategy to address the climate change crisis by reducing carbon emissions nationwide. economy. Visit http://climatechange.ri.gov for more information.