At 1,545 square miles, Rhode Island is geographically the smallest state in the United States but one of the most densely populated for its size, with 1,059,361 residents as of July 1, 2019. For a state that is only 37 miles wide and 48 miles long, it is notable that its shoreline on Narragansett Bay in the Atlantic Ocean runs for 400 miles. Called the Ocean State, Rhode Island is one-third water and includes Block Island further offshore, as well as one of New England’s deep water ports at Providence.

The impacts of climate change upon Rhode Island’s built and natural environments are wide-ranging, discernible and documented, and, in many cases growing in severity. Rhode Island will experience warmer air and water temperatures, more extreme weather events such as droughts, intense precipitation, severe storms and flooding, increasing rates of sea level rise, shorter winters and longer summers, and less snowfall and ice coverage. Climate change has the potential to pose significant risks for Rhode Island’s water, wastewater, surface transportation, and energy infrastructures and utilities, the natural environment, and the health, welfare, and economic well-being of its citizens.

Rhode Island became, in 2007, a member of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a market-based program to reduce carbon emissions from electricity generation in 11 of the northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states. They had already joined a number of New England states in 1996, to implement an electricity restructuring plan that separated power generation from transmission and distribution. The restructuring plan was initially only for industrial customers, but was expanded in 1998 to include commercial and residential customers. As a result, all of the state’s electricity generated by the electric power sector comes from independent power producers. The previous exception was on Block Island—located about 9 miles south of the state’s coastline—which was not connected to the mainland grid and was dependent on local diesel-fueled generators. Generator fuel arrived in trucks ferried to the island. Because fuel prices sometimes caused Block Island’s electricity costs to rise to more than four times the state’s average, particularly in summer when rates and electricity demand increased with the influx of tourists, the island participated in the nation’s first offshore wind project. In May 2017, Block Island Power turned off its diesel generators and began receiving power from an undersea cable installed between an offshore wind farm with 5 turbines, Block Island, and the mainland. The cable allowed, in conjunction with the wind farm, electricity to reach Block Island for the first time and allowed excess wind-generated electric power to be forwarded to the onshore grid.

Rhode Island thus became the first state in the U.S. with an off-shore wind farm (however small). Nonetheless, natural gas provides the bulk of the state’s electricity (and more than any other state) –about 89% in 2020 –2% down from 2019. Most of the rest of the state’s net generation came from solar, wind, and biomass resources with a small amount generated from petroleum and hydropower. This will change radically, when the 400-megawatt Revolution Wind Farm, being developed in Rhode Island Sound by the Danish company Orsted, comes on line in 2024. It is expected to supply a full third of Rhode Island’s electricity with renewables. A number of other renewable-energy projects are also completed or in the pipeline, including large solar farms in places like Cranston and Hopkinton, as well as land-based wind turbines in Providence, Coventry and Johnston. Rhode Island produces neither natural gas nor petroleum.

The residential sector leads Rhode Island’s energy consumption, accounting for about one-third of the state’s total, the fourth-highest share for a state’s residential sector energy use after Connecticut, Vermont & New Hampshire. The transportation sector is a close second, consuming slightly less than 30% of the state’s energy. The commercial sector accounts for about one-fourth of the state’s energy consumption, and the industrial sector accounts for more than one-tenth.

Rhode Island has taken actions to mitigate and adapt to climate change, often through executive orders issued by the Governor. In 2015, building on the Resilient Rhode Island Act (2014), which set targets for reducing greenhouse emissions to 45% below 1990 levels by 2035 and 80% below 1990 levels by 2050, Governor Gina Raimondo instructed state agencies to reduce energy use by 10% by 2019, committed the state to obtain 100% renewable energy by 2025, and required the State Fleet to purchase a minimum of 25% zero-emission vehicles by 2025. In the spring of 2017, she doubled down, announcing a new goal of 1,000 MW and 20,000 clean energy jobs by 2020. According to the 2020 Rhode Island Clean Energy Industry Report, the clean energy labor force of Rhode Island has grown by 77.3% since 2014.

In the fall of 2017, she took additional executive action calling for the development of the state’s first comprehensive climate preparedness strategy.

A year later in the summer of 2018, the resulting Resilient Rhody report was released outlining an actionable vision for addressing the impacts of climate change in Rhode Island. It focuses on critical infrastructure and utilities, natural systems, emergency preparedness, and community health and resilience.

Rhode Island is the first state to have placed a 100% renewable electricity target as early as 2030, following another executive order by Raimondo before leaving to join the Biden administration, in January, 2020. The closest is Washington, D.C., which is aiming for 2032.

Sitting in on a meeting with Barrington, R.I.’s  Resilience & Energy Committee  a few weeks after the IPCC’s report was released in August, 2021, as they explore solar solutions in Barrington demonstrates the concerns in the state. Some believe the two initiatives that guide residential solar in Rhode Island — the Renewable Energy Growth Program and net metering — need to be revamped to better address the needs and wants of residential solar customers.

Rhode Island is one of twenty-four states, along with Puerto Rico, committed to the U.S. Climate Alliance, which is working to implement policies that advance the goals of the Paris Agreement.


New York’s Wind Power Future Is Taking Shape. In Rhode Island.

By Patrick McGeehan 02/22/23
When Gov. Kathy Hochul laid out her plan for accelerating the development of New York’s offshore wind industry a year ago, she promised thousands of jobs for state residents.
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Vermont Joins Multi-State Effort to Create Regional Clean Hydrogen Hub in Northeast

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced Vermont has signed on to a multi-state agreement, joining with New York, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island, to develop a proposal to become one of up to…
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After last summer’s drought, Rhode Island farmers prepare for climate challenges

By Mahin Ashfaq 02/08/23
A relatively short but severe drought last August disrupted food production in Rhode Island, prompting the U.S. Department of Agriculture to declare all of Rhode Island a natural disaster area. With climate change, such events…
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Record cold in US Northeast exposes deepening cracks in social infrastructure

By Kate Randall 02/05/23
The Northeast US was hit with the coldest temperatures seen in decades over the weekend as an arctic air mass passed over the region. The polar vortex was accompanied by powerful winds, driving wind chills…
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Top environmental issues facing RI lawmakers in 2023: Solar farm siting, curbing emissions

By Alex Kuffner 01/21/23
How do you follow up on two legislative sessions that have been heralded as the best for policymaking on the environment in Rhode Island history?
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Climate Change Council, Blue Economy to See Funding Boosts Under McKee’s Proposed Budget

By Rob Smith 01/21/23
Under the budget proposal released by Gov. Dan McKee on Jan. 19, the Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council (EC4) would receive $4.5 million for staffing and operations. The EC4, despite being designated the lead agency…
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New England clean energy goals slam into oil reality

By Miranda Willson 01/18/23
New England power plants burned more oil for electricity on a single day during last month’s deep freeze than they have in four years, underscoring the gap between Northeastern states’ clean energy targets and the…
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Solar program aims to cut energy costs for lower-income Rhode Island residents

The New England state recently issued a request for proposals from solar companies to partner on a program that will lease and install solar equipment on homes owned by low- to moderate-income residents. Solar program…
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Boston Is Losing Its Snow Wicked Fast

By Katherine J. Wu 12/19/22
My first winter in Boston, the last patches of snow on my street didn’t melt until late June. It was 2015, the year the city broke its all-time record for annual snowfall: 110.3 inches, more…
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Global Warming Likely to Bring Climate Chaos to Ocean State

By Rob Smith 11/11/22
That’s the message coming out of the COP27 climate summit under way in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, as world leaders and diplomats engage in talks to attempt to halt the disastrous effects of climate change. Despite…
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Rhode Island governor signs ‘most aggressive renewable energy standard’ in US, targets 100% offsets by 2033

By Robert Walton 06/30/22
Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee, D, on Wednesday signed legislation requiring the state’s electricity use to be completely offset by renewables by 2033. According to the governor’s office, it is “the most aggressive renewable energy…
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16 States Ask 1st Circ. To Redo Rhode Island Climate Case

By Press Room 06/29/22
Sixteen Republican-led states are backing oil corporations of their bid to persuade the First Circuit to rethink a jurisdictional dispute in Rhode Island’s swimsuit over local weather change impacts, arguing the underlying disaster is international…
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Rhode Island regulators discuss ban on new natural gas hookups

BUILDINGS: Rhode Island’s top utility regulator says a ban on new natural gas hookups may be necessary to meet the state’s climate goals: “If not tomorrow, then when?” (Energy News Network)

Rhode Island climate goals may require statewide ban on new gas hookups

The chair of the state’s Public Utilities Commission said Thursday that a statewide ban on new gas hookups could be necessary to meet the state’s mandatory target of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. Rhode Island…

CRMC, Seeking More Time to Review Revolution Wind Project, Moves Hearing to March 14

The Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) has rescheduled a Feb. 14 hearing on the Revolution Wind project to March 14.

How Well Is Rhode Island Preparing For Water Efficiency, Conservation?

Despite prolonged drought conditions, California, Texas and Arizona led the nation in water efficiency and conservation in a new analysis of state policy released Wednesday by the Alliance for Water Efficiency. Rhode Island ranked No.…

How to get solar to low-income families? Rhode Island has a new plan

Solar companies will partner with the state government to install and lease solar arrays with the aim of saving money for homeowners from the start.

Seminole offers $104 mn debt for Rhode Island solar project

Seminole Financial Services, in partnership with Blackstone Credit, announces the closing of a $104 million debt facility for the construction of a 55+MW Rhode Island solar project.

Rhode Island’s Renewable Energy Growth Program Gets Boost

The 4.9 megawatt Woodville project by Freepoint Solar LLC has been acquired by Standard Solar who will be the owner/operator of the project. The companies have a history of working together to increase clean energy…

New England states poised to capitalize on new federal climate law incentives

Years of work crafting climate and clean energy plans have left New England states in a prime position to take advantage of renewable energy incentives in the historic climate bill enacted by Congress over the…

Rhode Island governor signs ‘most aggressive renewable energy standard’ in US, targets 100% offsets by 2033

By Robert Walton 06/30/22
Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee, D, on Wednesday signed legislation requiring the state’s electricity use to be completely offset by renewables by 2033. According to the governor’s office, it is “the most aggressive renewable energy…

Rhode Island Ports to Undergo Offshore Wind Upgrades with USD 95 Million State Support

At the beginning of this year, State Governor Dan McKee announced that his FY2023 budget and American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) spending plan would propose more than USD 150 million to fund a series of…

RI plans to buy more offshore wind power to help meet goal of 100% renewable energy

Gov. Dan McKee is moving ahead with a plan to ramp up Rhode Island’s supply of power from offshore wind farms that would be developed off the coast of Southern New England.

Bill would require RI to get all electricity from renewable sources by 2030

Experts say that when it comes to reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, as required by a landmark climate change measure enacted into law last year, the conversion of Rhode Island’s electric system to…

Rhode Island PUC Approves Rate Increases to Fund Energy Programs

National Grid estimates residential electric customers who use an average of 500 kilowatt-hours a month will have an increase of 57 cents on their monthly bills allocated specifically for EEP. Gas customers using 702 therms…

Groups urge bigger targets, more equity as RGGI states consider changes

As the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, known as RGGI, undergoes a thorough review by participating states, environmental advocates are demanding more ambitious emission reduction targets and a mandate for equitable distribution of the revenues.

100 Percent Renewable Electricity by 2030

Reducing economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions across the state’s electric, heating, and transportation sectors is integral to climate change mitigation and achieving long-term greenhouse gas reduction targets consistent with the Resilient Rhode Island Act. By accelerating…

The Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources receives US Department of Energy funding for refrigeration energy management

The Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (OER) today announced that it has received funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (US DOE) to help grocery stores strategically use energy in a way that reduces…

Barrington Climate Committee Focuses On Solar to Address Crisis

The town’s Resilience and Energy Committee forms an off-kilter circle on the edge of the parking lot around the back of Town Hall. Seven sit in folding chairs, one on a cargo mat dragged from…

Rhode Island Solar Development Needs to Change Its Focus to Rooftops and Already-Marred Areas

Dana Goodman sells and her company installs residential rooftop solar systems in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts. In the Bay State, she said it’s an easier and simpler process. She doesn’t know why Rhode Island…

Governor’s Veto of Renewable Energy Bill Viewed as Backing National Grid

Gov. Dan McKee issued the first veto of his administration to block a bill aimed at moving costs from renewable energy companies to National Grid, while also possibly affecting the siting of future transmission facilities.

Act: Relating To Health And Safety – Transportation Emissions And Mobile (Team) Community Act

There is scientific consensus that Earth's climate is now changing faster than at any point in the history of modern civilization, primarily as a result of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from human activities; climate change…

Rhode Island Governor Signs ‘Act On Climate’ Into Law

By Rachel Nunes 04/12/21
 Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee signed the state's new, ambitious climate bill into law by the state's iconic coast this weekend.

McKee Signs Aggressive Climate Law – Filippi Says It Increases Costs for RI Businesses & Residents

By Go Localprov Team 04/10/21
On Saturday, Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee signed the 2021 Act on Climate -- legislation that updates the state's climate-emission reduction goals.  

Act: Relating To Public Utilities And Carriers-renewable Energy

Starting in compliance year 2007, all obligated entities shall obtain at least three percent (3%) of the electricity they sell at retail to Rhode Island end-use customers, adjusted for electric ine losses, from eligible renewable…

Act: Relating To State Affairs And Government — Environmental Justice

It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows: SECTION 1. Title 42 of the General Laws entitled "STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT" is hereby amended by adding thereto the following chapter:

Preparing for Climate Change in Rhode Island

This page provides an overview of the steps Rhode Island is taking to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

Rhode Island Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Plan

In accordance with the provisions of Rhode Island General Laws §42-6.2-2(2), I am pleased to provide you with the following “EC4 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Plan,” which includes strategies, programs, and actions to meet the…

State of Rhode Island : Governor’s Climate Priorities

Governor Raimondo's climate goals and actions.


Rhode Island Solar Panels: Pricing and Incentives

Rhode Island brings to mind images of warm, sunny days on the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. And, with 200 to 210 days of sunshine each year, Rhode Island is an ideal state for those…

Rhode Island State Profile and Energy Estimates

Rhode Island's mainland wraps around Narragansett Bay with its many islands. Called the Ocean State, Rhode Island is one-third water and includes Block Island further offshore, as well as one of New England's deepwater ports…

Energy State Bill Tracking Database

The searchable Energy Storage Legislation Database displays information in interactive maps and charts, tracking state activity from 2017 to the present.

Environment and Natural Resources State Bill Tracking Database

The National Conference of State Legislatures tracks environment and natural resources bills that have been introduced in the 50 states, territories and Washington, D.C.

Climate Literacy

It is essential for all Rhode Islanders to have a general understanding of the influence climate and weather has on human society, and how human actions influence climate and weather patterns. It is also important…

New Report Calls for Building a Climate Resilient Providence

 The city’s vulnerabilities to climate change, including the risk from storm surge, sea-level rise, and more frequent and intense rains, are urgent and will increase in the next decade to unmanageable levels, according to a…

The First National Flood Risk Assessment

The First Street Foundation Flood Model represents the culmination of decades of research and development made possible by building upon existing knowledge and frameworks regularly referenced in the identification of flood risk.

The Impacts of Climate Change and the Trump Administration’s Anti-Environmental Agenda in Rhode Island

Between 2017 and 2019, Rhode Island experienced two severe winter storms. The damages of these events led to losses of at least $1 billion.

State-by-State: Climate Change in Rhode Island

Rhode Island is vulnerable to increasing temperatures, floods and droughts, and coastal flooding

Local Efforts to Address Climate Crisis Make Difference

During a weeklong bonus session of the General Assembly in September 2017, both the House and Senate approved bills that require Rhode Island municipal planning board members to undergo training related to the impacts of…

Climate Action RI • 350 RI

Climate Action RI is an action group focused specifically on the issue of climate change and what can be done on national, local, and individual levels. We are based in Rhode Island and are a…

Rhode Island’s Changing Climate: Building Resilience Through Local Solutions

The aim is to inform Rhode Island residents of the mechanism of climate change and localize the issue by showcasing Rhode Island impacts, as well as positive adaptation efforts happening in the state. Through sharing…

Rhode Island v. Chevron Corp.

State of Rhode Island lawsuit seeking to hold fossil fuel companies liable for causing climate change impacts that adversely affect Rhode Island and jeopardize State-owned or -operated facilities, real property, and other assets.


RI To Reach All-Renewable Electricity By 2030 Under Proposed Law

By Rachel Nunes   03/17/21  
 A new bill from Rhode Island's Senate president would speed up the state's transition to renewable sources of electricity. The bill announcement comes just one day after the Senate voted in favor of a bill…
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R.I. Bills Address Solar Panel Recycling, Plastic Bag Ban

By Tim Faulknner   03/15/21  
 Key environmental bills are being debated but their fate is unclear as legislative activity increases in the General Assembly and a new governor settles in.
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Senator “It’s Time to Wake Up” Whitehouse drops his climate change mic

By Dan Drollette Jr   03/03/21  
A few weeks ago, Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) literally dropped the mic, after a nearly eight-year streak of weekly speeches in which he called for action on climate change. Whitehouse explained that with…
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Labor and Environment Unite to Build Green Economy

By Frank Carini   01/30/21  
The conversations, and there were many, began the day after the Nov. 3 election. It then took three months for an array of Rhode Island groups, representing organized labor, environmental organizations, and the social-justice movement,…
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Senate Climate Hawk Ends 9-Year Run Of Speeches, Citing Hopes Under Biden

By Igor Bobic   01/27/21  
Few senators have been as vocal about the issue of climate change as Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island.  The three-term progressive Democrat has given a speech from the Senate floor almost every week the chamber…
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How climate change is impacting bird populations in Newport County

By Todd McLeish   01/08/21  
At the Sweet Flag Preserve adjacent to Bailey’s Brook in Middletown, Jameson Chace and his students at Salve Regina University spend two days a week each autumn capturing and banding birds as they fly through…
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States & Cities Are Driving Climate & Clean Energy Progress

By Kit Kennedy   01/06/21  
It was the year that never seemed to end. The 2020 blows kept coming as the inter-related crises of the COVID-19 pandemic, racial brutality, climate upheaval, and economic recession inflicted hardship and loss on so many. With millions…
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Climate Justice And Composting Among Providence’s Environmental Initiatives For 2021

By Tim Faulkner   01/04/21  
 The Office of Sustainability and the Environmental Sustainability Task Force (ESTF) are launching major environmental initiatives for the new year.
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Rhode Island Senator Pushes Coastal Coalition With Georgia On Climate Change

By Emily Jones   12/31/20  
A senator from Rhode Island has been spending time in Georgia, advocating for coastal states to work together to address climate change.
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First meeting of the Senate Energy Transmission Commission – Full video

By Steve Ahlquist   12/29/20  
The first meeting of the Special Legislative Commission to Study and Evaluate Rhode Island’s Electric and Natural Gas Transmission and Distribution System Infrastructure (Commission) met on December 21. UpriseRI wrote about the Commission ahead of this meeting here, and Tim Faulkner at EcoRI wrote…
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Rhode Island senator visits Georgia coast, reminds voters of sea level rise

By David Pendered   12/28/20  
A Rhode Island senator is back in Georgia today to share one message with Georgia voters. “Think about the coast as you cast your vote,” said Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democrat.
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A Plan by Eastern States to Cap Tailpipe Emissions Gets Off to a Slow Start

By Brad Plumer   12/27/20  
 An ambitious plan by Eastern states for a regional cap-and-trade program to curb greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks got off to a slow start Monday after just three states — Connecticut, Massachusetts and…
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The District, three states sign agreement to curb transportation emissions

By Luz Lazo   12/22/20  
The group, which could be joined by other states, set a goal of reducing vehicle pollution by 26 percent in the next decade.
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Public Response Key To Expanding Regional Effort To Curb Transportation Sector Climate Emissions

By Tim Faulkner   12/22/20  
The regional collaboration known as the Transportation & Climate Initiative (TCI) will be operating, at least initially, with a smaller cast than expected.
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The Uprising: The Budget, Poverty in the Ocean State, Kennedy Plaza, and Climate Change

By Uprise RI   12/21/20  
This week we cover RI’s terrible ranking on food security, the newly revised budget, Kennedy Plaza, and more. Plus, how an energy committee for Aquidneck Island may be setting Rhode Island back on efforts to…
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This Just In: RI joins regional climate initiative; circus acrobats reach settlement

By Michael McDermott   12/21/20  
Good afternoon and welcome to This Just In. I'm Mike McDermott, managing editor of The Providence Journal. Welcome to winter in New England. Not only is today the day of the winter solstice, it's the…
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Rhode Island senator connects with coastal Georgia experts for virtual climate change panel

By Ashley Williams   12/17/20  
A United States senator held a virtual panel discussing the impacts of climate change on coastal regions.
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Opinion/Gablinske: Climate lawsuits set wrong tone for R.I.’s energy future

By Doug Gablinske   12/15/20  
Rhode Island consistently ranks as one of the most energy-expensive states in the country. At over 20 cents per kilowatt-hour, the Ocean State’s electricity rates are among the highest in the lower 48 states.
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LNG Pressed About Portmouth LNG Facility

By Tim Faulkner   12/14/20  
The fate of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) operation on Old Mill Lane in Portsmouth remains in limbo after a meeting before the Rhode Island Energy Facility Siting Board (EFSB). But it’s likely that the…
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Groups Call For Ocen State Power To Be Phased Out

By ecoRI News Staff   12/11/20  
Burrillville BASE, a group that has led protest movements against local fossil-fuel projects since 2014, has called for the closure of Ocean State Power, a facility that burns up to 100 million cubic feet of…
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NuGen Capital Announces Largest Single Rooftop Solar Project in Rhode Island

NuGen Capital Management, LLC (NuGen) starts construction of a 6.76 MWdc rooftop solar power system in the company's home state of Rhode Island. The project, comprised of over 16,000 solar panels, is being installed by…
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R.I. Works On Creating Right Mix Of Renewable Energy

By Tim Faulkner   12/07/20  
Rhode Island’s path to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030 is being cleared, but it’s not a simple, straight route, as numerous options need to be considered.
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Climate Action RI protests outside Chase Bank Branch in Wakefield

By Steve Ahlquist   09/01/20  
A group of current and retired University of Rhode Island (URI) faculty released a statement ahead of a Monday morning protest by Climate Action Rhode Island (CARI) held outside the location of a new branch…
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New Report Finds Rhode Island has Plenty of Room to Expand Solar Responsibly

By Tim Faulkner   08/24/20  
Rhode Island may be small, but according to a new report, it has room to generate lots of solar energy without sacrificing the state’s dwindling green spaces.
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Cities With the Highest Flood Risk in Every State

By Andrew Lisa   08/23/20  
Floods accounted for three of the 14 natural disasters that caused at least $1 billion in damage in the United States in 2019. In total, flooding impacted 14 million Americans last year and put another…
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Report: R.I. is rich in solar-power potential

By Alex Kuffner   08/19/20  
Rhode Island has only scratched the surface when it comes to the amount of solar development that’s possible across the state, according to a report released Wednesday. Consultants hired by the Office of Energy Resources…
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6 Acres of Solar Energy to Help Glocester Farm Pay Bills

A new ground-mounted solar installation on a farm in Glocester, R.I., is being promoted by the developer as a model for land preservation and for sustaining a way of life. White Oak Farm was established…
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With New Municipal Programs, Rhode Island Electricity Will Contain More Local Renewable Energy

By Tim Faulkner   07/27/20  
Get ready for more renewable energy in the local electric grid as a process called “community-choice aggregation” (CCA) expands in Rhode Island. CCA, also known as municipal-energy aggregation, allows cities and towns to buy electricity…
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Rhode Island Targets 100 Percent Renewable by 2030

By Tim Faulkner   07/27/20  
Rhode Island has embarked on its goal of achieving 100 percent renewable energy by 2030. Getting there is a work in progress, but the target will likely be reached without doing much outside of existing…
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Raimondo’s 100% renewable energy goal for R.I. a daunting challenge

By Alex Kuffner   07/12/20  
Even if Rhode Island is able to reach Gov. Gina Raimondo’s goal of meeting all of its electric demand with renewable energy by the end of the decade, it won’t mean the end of the…
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Rhode Island’s Carbon-Pricing Study Seeks Public Feedback

By Tim Faulkner   05/25/20  
Rhode Island’s carbon-pricing study is officially underway amid an uncertain future for local efforts to address the climate crisis.
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Brown sells 90 percent of fossil fuel investments

By Caelyn Pender   03/04/20  
The University is in the process of selling all of its direct investments and managed funds that focus on fossil fuels, President Christina Paxson P’19 wrote in a March 4 Today@Brown announcement.
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Major U.S. Offshore Wind Projects Still Face Hurdles

By Benjamin Storrow   07/22/19  
Northeastern states need the power source to meet renewable energy targets
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Nation’s first project was good for tourism — study

By David Iaconangelo   05/08/19  
Officials in some coastal areas think offshore wind turbines could spook beachgoers, but a new study shows the country's first and only project may have actually attracted tourists.
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Bag Ban Supporters Want Statewide Ban Bills Changed

By Tim Faulkner   05/06/19  
Environmental groups and supporters of a statewide plastic bag ban are having second thoughts about the legislation being considered by the General Assembly.
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Rhode Island giving away 1,000 free trees to conserve energy

By Providence Journal   04/07/19  
Rhode Island is once again working with the Arbor Day Foundation to give away trees this spring to help homeowners conserve energy and reduce utility costs.
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State moves to support research on R.I. Green New Deal

By Alex Reice   03/12/19  
Rhode Island Green New Deal Research Council to gather data for statewide environmental package
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Rhode Island Sues Oil Companies Over Climate Change, First State in Wave of Lawsuits

By Nicholas Kusnetz   02/21/19  
The lawsuit blames the burning of fossil fuels for contributing to sea level rise, extreme weather and warming oceans. The state's already seeing coastal damage.
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State Policies Can Unleash U.S. Commercial Offshore Wind Development – Center for American Progress

By Shiva Polefka   09/18/17  
Leadership by governors and lawmakers in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New York demonstrates how key reforms can drive private investment in an abundant, climate-safe resource.
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Resilient Local Coral May Help Save Tropical Relatives

By Todd McLeish   10/11/19  
A Rhode Island scientist is co-leading a collaborative effort to determine if New England’s only hard coral species — a variety that can survive bleaching — could provide a solution to the coral bleaching problem…
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Renewables growth, market changes tanked Invenergy’s Rhode Island gas plant, regulators say

By Robert Walton   11/07/19  
The Rhode Island Energy Facility Siting Board (EFSB) on Tuesday issued a final order denying a new gas-fired power plant proposed by Invenergy, pointing to lengthy delays in the proceeding that allowed market changes and the growth…
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