Rhode Island to go 100% Renewable by 2023

Utility Dive

Oct 28, 2022

In addition to reducing emissions and reliance on fossil fuels, creating renewable energy supports the green industry, creating thousands of good paying jobs in Rhode Island. It has already seen a 74% increase in green jobs since 2014.

Attaining the economy-wide next zero emissions by 2050 is required by the Rhode Island law and the House has passed on the legislation supporting this goal.

 

According to Utility Dive, Under Ruggiero’s bill, Rhode Island’s RES target would increase by an additional 4% in 2023; 5% in 2024; 6% in 2025; 7% in 2026 and 2027; 7.5% in 2028; 8% in 2029, 8.5% in 2030, 9% in 2031 and 9.5% in 2032, to achieve the 100% goal in 2033.


“In addition to reducing emissions and our reliance on fossil fuels ... creating renewable energy supports the green industry, creating thousands of good paying jobs right here in Rhode Island. It has already seen a 74% increase in green jobs since 2014, “and that trend is going to continue as we deepen our commitment to renewables,” Ruggiero said.


The RES “does not guarantee that the actual energy used in Rhode Island came from a renewable source, nor does it prohibit any utilities from supplying energy generated by fossil fuel,” according to Ruggiero’s statement. But the bill is expected to result in the generation of a “corresponding amount of renewable energy in the region and encourages construction of renewable projects.”


According to the U.S EIA, natural gas generated about 89% of electricity in Rhode Island with the rest from wind, solar and biomass resources. The first offshore wind turbine is in this state and is working on building a large scale offshore wind.  This bill passed will help by making us less dependent on fossil fuels and more dependent on renewables.


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