The Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources created a program to help support the adoption of clean energy-based non-wires solutions for Municipal-Centric Utilities in Rhode Island – Pascoag Utility District and Block Island Utility District. These funds are being made available through the state’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).
Non-wires solutions use clean energy technologies to address electric grid needs. Clean energy technologies can include, but are not limited to, solar photovoltaics (PV), other types of renewable energy systems, energy efficiency and conservation, demand response, and energy storage. Non-wires solutions can help the grid deliver electricity to homes and businesses when electricity demand is highest, sometimes at a lower cost than upgrading wires, transformers, and substations, the technique traditionally used to increase grid capacity. Non-wires solutions can also provide clean renewable energy, which may reduce net greenhouse gas emissions.
Eligible entities are the municipal utilities located in Rhode Island – Pascoag Utility District and Block Island Utility District. These entities may qualify for total grant awards of up to $250,000 per project application, reserved on a first-come, first-served basis and contingent on availability of funding.
For additional Information about the Non-Wires Solutions for Municipal Utilities Program please see the Program Guidance Documents here.
To submit an application, make sure to submit all required application components and required documentation (Items 1-15) found in the Program Guidance Document via email to Nathan.Cleveland@energy.ri.gov.
If you have any questions about this program please email Nathan Cleveland at Nathan.Cleveland@energy.ri.gov.