Governor’s 1,000 by ’20 Clean Energy Goal

In March 2017, Governor Gina M. Raimondo announced a strategic goal to increase the amount of clean energy in the state by 10 times by the end of 2020 – achieving a total of 1,000 MW of clean energy projects.

In 2016, the baseline year for this goal, Rhode Island had approximately 100 megawatts of clean energy. Since then, Rhode Island has become the first and still only state with an operational offshore wind farm.

The goal includes energy from a broad portfolio of clean energy resources, including offshore and on-shore wind and solar. Homeowners, municipalities, institutions and private commercial and industrial enterprises can contribute to the goal with smart investments in clean energy.

The 1000 MW goal is not just about energy, but clean energy jobs too. Now 15,866 jobs strong, Rhode Island's clean energy economy continues to demonstrate robust economic growth. Since 2014, clean energy employment in the Ocean State has grown by an impressive 72 percent. The Governor has set a goal to reach a total of 20,000 clean energy jobs by 2020.

Clean Energy Profile

The road to 1,000 MW of clean energy by 2020 is an ambitious, but achievable goal.

At the end of 2016, Rhode Island’s energy mix consisted of about 138 MW of operational renewable energy projects. As of the end of the third quarter of 2018, we have added approximately 166 MW of clean energy generation capacity, resulting in a total of 304 MW.

Of that 304 MW total, 123 MW is onshore wind, 105 MW is solar, 35 MW is landfill gas/anaerobic digestion, 30 MW is offshore wind and 11 MW is small hydroelectric power.