The Office of Energy Resources works closely with private and public stakeholders to increase the reliability and security of our energy supply, reduce energy costs and mitigate against price volatility, and improve environmental quality. Rhode Islanders spend over $3 billion per year on energy to light their homes, keep the heat on, and fuel their vehicles. Fossil fuels such as natural gas, fuel oil, and gasoline supply the vast majority of these energy needs. By recommending and implementing smart energy policies-such as those that promote energy efficiency and renewable energy-the OER helps reduce Rhode Island's dependence on these out-of-state fuels, advancing our State as a national leader in the new clean energy economy.
The OER operates at the nexus of the many ongoing efforts to transform the Ocean State energy system. Some core functions of the office include:
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