The State of Rhode Island is actively pursuing the development of a clean energy economy for the purposes of creating jobs and industry growth, mitigating against price volatility and increasing reliability through a diversification of the current energy portfolio, and improving environmental quality by reducing reliance on carbon emitting sources of energy. This effort by the State involves the adoption of policies addressing energy efficiency and system reliability, renewable energy, and petroleum reduction.
The State, however, lacks a coherent, comprehensive, and coordinated vision for providing energy services across all sectors-electric, thermal, and transportation-using a secure, cost-effective, and sustainable energy system. In order to replace the current piecemeal approach with an overarching strategy, the State will gather data, set goals, and recommend action regarding near- and long-term plans for managing Rhode Island's energy system. This update of the existing Rhode Island State Energy Plan (State Guide Plan Element 781) will lay out a path to an energy future consistent with existing policy at the state, regional and federal levels, but that also offers additional visionary steps to enhance the economic, environmental and human wellbeing of the State.
A preliminary draft of the Plan has been completed as of June 2015. Public hearings on the Plan will be held on Tuesday, August 25 at the Department of Administration. Please see the links below for more information. For more information, please see the links below or contact:
Office of Energy Resources