In January 2020, Governor Raimondo signed an Executive Order committing Rhode Island to be powered by 100 percent renewable electricity by the end of the decade. Her executive order directs the state's Office of Energy Resources (OER) to conduct an economic and energy market analysis and develop actionable policies and programs to reach this bold, but achievable goal.
Over the coming months, OER will conduct energy and economic analysis as it works to develop policy and programmatic solutions to achieve the Governor's goal and advance the state's economic, energy, and environmental interests. Stakeholder participation will be a key component of this work to help inform realistic pathways that work for Rhode Islanders, while driving the state toward a lower-carbon electric supply.The Governor's 100 percent by 2030 renewable electricity goal is one part of a broader state strategy to address the climate change crisis by reducing economy-wide carbon emissions. Three years ago, the Governor set an ambitious goal to accelerate Rhode Island's clean energy supply ten-fold by the end of 2020. Thanks to continued growth in local renewables, competitive procurements of well-priced, carbon-free resources at scale, and nation-leading energy efficiency programs, the state is on track to reach that goal by the end of this year.
If you would like to be added to OER's e-distribution list for notices related to the 100% Renewable Initiative, please email your name, organization, and email address to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
During this first workshop, representatives from Brattle provided an introduction to the study, including some key background on our electric grid, guiding principles and stakeholder comments, and preliminary thinking about the scale of renewable energy resources needed to meet the goal.