Rhode Island Energy regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Rhode Island Energy: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Renewable energy:

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Renewable energy standard: Rhode Island General Laws (RI Gen. Laws): 39-26-4

Heating oil: Biodiesel Heating Oil Act of 2013, House Bill (HB) 5802

Regulatory Agency

Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. To date, the federal government's involvement in renewable energy programs has been limited to voluntary programs and to providing financial incentives for renewable energy generation. However, Rhode Island state legislation has established a renewable energy portfolio standard and is legislating the use of renewable fuels in heating oil.

Administration and enforcement. The Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission administers the state's renewable energy portfolio standard.

State Requirements

RENEWABLE ENERGY

Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard

RI Gen. Laws: 39-26-4

Rhode Island has passed Renewable Energy Standard statutes requiring each electric utility company that sells electricity for consumption in Rhode Island to utilize renewable energy resources to meet the following portfolio standard requirements:

  • 2007: 3 percent of its retail electricity sales
  • 2008: 3.5 percent of its retail electricity sales
  • 2009: 4.0 percent of its retail electricity sales
  • 2010: 4.5 percent of its retail t electricity sales
  • 2011: 5.5 percent of its retail electricity sales
  • 2012: 6.5 percent of its retail electricity sales
  • 2013: 7.5 percent of its retail electricity sales
  • 2014: 8.5 percent of its retail electricity sales
  • 2015: 10 percent of its retail t electricity sales
  • 2016: 11.5 percent of its retail electricity sales
  • 2017: 13 percent ...

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