Governor Gina M. Raimondo, joined by Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed and Rep. Deborah Ruggiero, led a ceremonial bill signing of legislation that will enhance the state’s renewable energy policies, create green jobs, and help move the state’s energy sector toward a clean, sustainable, reliable future.
One of the bills reaffirms Rhode Island’s commitment to renewable and clean energy by extending the Renewable Energy Standard’s (RES) current 1.5% annual increase from 2019 to 2035. This is in line with the analysis and subsequent recommendation found in the draft State Energy Plan. The RES provides a long-term stable market for renewable energy by signaling to developers that Rhode Island is committed to renewable energy for the long term. The RES supports indigenous resources that bring economic development to Rhode Island, including projects authorized in the Renewable Energy Growth program.
“This legislation reflects forward-thinking energy policies that will help us meet our state energy goals,” Raimondo said. “With its passage, we can continue to create jobs, connect Rhode Islanders with more cost-effective energy options, and reduce our carbon footprint.”
The bill signing at the Newport Vineyards follows the passage of bills sponsored by Rep. Ruggiero, Senate Committee on Environment and Agriculture Chairwoman Sen. V. Susan Sosnowski, and Sen. William Conley.