Hydroelectric, New Projects, Renewables, Solar, Wind

Rhode Island Governor Orders Utilities to Procure 400 MW of Renewables

By Editors of Power Engineering

As part of her initiative to bring an additional 1,000 MW of renewable energy into the state, Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo has directed state utilities to issue an RFP for up to 400 MW of renewable energy by this summer.

The Office of Energy Resources will collaborate with the state’s utilities to design a request for proposals. The specific details of the RFP will be released at a later date.

“Our commitment to a greener energy future is good for our environment and good for our economy. Since announcing our goal to make our energy system 10 times cleaner, we’ve more than doubled the amount of renewable energy in the state, from roughly 100 MW to 230,”Raimondo said. “Few states are as vulnerable to climate change as Rhode Island. Our investments and commitment to fighting climate change will create jobs and protect our environment. That’s why we set this goal, and it’s why I’m directing my team to work with Rhode Island’s utilities to procure another 400 MW of clean and renewable energy by the end of this summer.”

The 1,000 MW goal is slated to involve a mix off offshore and onshore wind, hydropower and solar.