Oil & Propane FAQs

Find answers to your questions about Oil & Propane:

+ How are heating oil and propane used in Rhode Island?

Home heating oil (#2 distillate fuel) and propane are important heating fuels in Rhode Island. Over one-third of Rhode Island homes heat with oil and propane; these fuels supply nearly 40% of Rhode Island’s overall heating needs.

+ Where does heating oil and propane used in Rhode Island come from?

Petroleum-based fuels such as heating oil and propane are not locally produced in Rhode Island. The state receives shipments of refined petroleum product via six marine import terminals in East Providence, Providence, and Tiverton. Most of the product arriving at the terminals is subsequently trucked to end users in Rhode Island, eastern Connecticut, and parts of Massachusetts. The East Providence Exxon Mobil terminal owns and operates the sole refined products pipeline in the state, a small-diameter pipeline that transports product up to the Springfield, Massachusetts terminal.

+ Who manages the retail delivery of heating oil and propane in Rhode Island?

Rhode Island does not regulate retail sales of heating oil and propane. Sales are managed primarily by local fuel dealers who sell product to residential and commercial customers. Some large commercial and industrial customers who have on-site reserves purchase fuel directly from wholesale distributors.

+ Where can I learn more about heating oil and propane in Rhode Island?

The U.S. Energy Information Administration provides Rhode Island-specific energy consumption and expenditure data. The Rhode Island State Energy Plan provides additional Rhode Island-specific energy information and background.