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Rhode Island’s 2022 Climate Plan Falls Short

Green Energy Consumers

On December 15th, Rhode Island's Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council (EC4) approved the final draft of the 2022 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Plan. Energy policy & advocacy Rhode Island Climate change

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Rhode Island Can & Must Phase Out Gas Cars

Green Energy Consumers

Rhode Island has led the nation in the electric sector, with the first offshore wind farm in the country off of Block Island and the groundbreaking law to reach 100% renewable electricity by 2033.

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New Electric School Buses Coming to Massachusetts & Rhode Island

Green Energy Consumers

Now, the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced who got awarded – and school districts in Massachusetts and Rhode Island are on the list! Massachusetts Electric vehicles/Transportation Rhode Island Climate change

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Rhode Island leaps ahead towards 100% renewable electricity!

Green Energy Consumers

Rhode Island makes history! Rhode Island is now set to become the first state to reach that total level of commitment towards wind, solar, and other qualifying power sources. Renewable energy Energy policy & advocacy Rhode Island

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Rhode Island EV Rebate Program is Open for Applications

Green Energy Consumers

Starting today, July 7, Rhode Islanders who want to purchase or lease an electric vehicle (EV) are eligible to receive a rebate from the newly re-instated DRIVE EV program. Electric vehicles/Transportation Rhode Island

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Governor McKee, Rhode Island needs you to sign the Act On Climate

Green Energy Consumers

Energy policy & advocacy Rhode Island Climate changeLast week was a huge step forward for climate action in New England.

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Rhode Island sets fastest timeline of any US state to reach 100% renewable electricity [update]

Electrek

Rhode Island has passed a law requiring all of the state’s electricity to be offset by renewable energy by 2033 – the fastest timeline of any state in the US.

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What the Inflation Reduction Act Means for Massachusetts & Rhode Island

Green Energy Consumers

On August 16, President Biden signed into law the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), the largest investment in fighting climate change on the national level this country has ever seen. The IRA is a huge deal and fundamentally changes the game for our work here at the state level.

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Massachusetts should follow Rhode Island to zero-emission electricity

Green Energy Consumers

Rhode Island just passed legislation that requires the state’s electric suppliers to procure 100% renewable electricity by 2033, using the highest quality (“Class I” or “new”) Renewable Energy Certificates.

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Rhode Island sets fastest state target of 100% renewable electricity by 2033

Electrek

In June, Rhode Island’s House and Senate approved legislation, expected to be signed into law by Governor Daniel McKee (D-RI), that will require all of the state’s electricity to be offset by renewable energy by 2033 – the fastest timeline of any state in the US.

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RI Action Alert: Key clean energy legislation coming to a vote in Rhode Island! 

Green Energy Consumers

There are only a few weeks left in Rhode Island’s legislative session, which means we must act urgently to pass crucial legislation for climate action. Energy policy & advocacy Rhode Island

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National Grid wants to Sell Its Rhode Island Business. Is that in the public interest?

Green Energy Consumers

In its deal with PPL, National Grid hopes to gain PPL’s business in the U nited Kingdom in exchange for Rhode Island’s electric and gas customers. Electricity and the grid Rhode Island

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Take Action On Rhode Island’s 2022 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Plan

Green Energy Consumers

Rhode Island ’s Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council (EC4) needs your input on their draft chapter s of the 2022 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Plan: P riority A ctions within the Electric, Transportation, and Thermal Sectors.

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Rhode Island's Renewable Energy Goal a Beacon for Other States

Cars That Think

Early in July, Rhode Island’s governor signed legislation mandating that the state acquire 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2033. It is true that Rhode Island is small. But Rhode Island plans to fill the gap with as much as 600 megawatts of new wind power.

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Rhode Island Bill Creates Roadmap to Advance Future of Electric Transportation

Green Energy Consumers

Last week , Rhode Island legislators Sen. Following Rhode Island’s withdrawal from the Transportation and Climate Initiative, the bill represents a new approach to tackling pollution from transportation, the region’s largest source of emissions.

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Tesla wins another, licensed to sell electric cars in Rhode Island

Green Car Reports

Rhode Island will allow the direct sale of Teslas and has issued a state dealer license to the company to open a dealer in Warwick. Tesla Motors plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) state laws Rhode IslandTesla can now add another notch to its sales board. Additionally, the city itself issued its own license to the electric-vehicle manufacturer, which plans to take over the former site of a Hyundai dealer in the city.

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Why We Need Building Performance Standards in Massachusetts & Rhode Island

Green Energy Consumers

Background. Recently, we posted a blog on one policy, the Clean Heat Standard, to decarbonize the building sector. Consider it one tool in the tool chest and understand that it’s usually not possible to make anything with just one tool.

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No New Gas Cars After 2035?

Green Energy Consumers

Energy policy & advocacy Massachusetts Electric vehicles/Transportation Rhode Island

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Rhode Island Launches Hybrid-Electric License Plates For EMT Safety

Green Car Reports

That''s why Rhode Island plans to issue special license plates that identify a vehicle as an Hybrid and electrified cars may be good for the environment, but they can pose a danger to first responders. EMTs, police officers, and other rescue workers could be electrocuted if the high-voltage cables in a wrecked vehicle are damaged or exposed.

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Dirty money from polluters funds clean-car incentives in Rhode Island

Green Car Reports

Rhode Island is one of the many states to offer purchase rebates for new electric cars. Under the recently introduced Driving Rhode Island to Vehicle Electrification (DRIVE) incentive program, buyers can get up to $2,500 for their electric-car purchases. energy policy incentives plug-in cars transportation policy Rhode Island

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Why We Need a (Good) Clean Heat Standard – a message for Massachusetts & Rhode Island

Green Energy Consumers

Energy standards have changed our electricity and auto industries for the better. Now it’s time to bring the same idea to how we heat our buildings. Energy policy & advocacy Energy efficiency Home heating

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What the Sale of Narragansett Electric Means for RI's Clean Energy Future

Green Energy Consumers

One of the biggest questions in Rhode Island’s clean energy future is on the verge of conclusion: will Pennsylvania-based utility PPL succeed in buying National Grid’s Rhode Island electric and gas utilities? Energy policy & advocacy Rhode Island

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What Candidates for RI Governor Think about Phasing Out Gasoline

Green Energy Consumers

Last week, the Environment Council of Rhode Island (ECRI) hosted a forum for candidates running RI Governor to discuss their plans for the environment if elected. Energy policy & advocacy Electric vehicles/Transportation Rhode Island

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RI, Get Ready: the EV Rebate is Coming Back

Green Energy Consumers

This program is desperately needed, as Rhode Island has the lowest EV adoption rate in all of New England (and much of the US). Electric vehicles/Transportation Rhode Island

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Why state policy should favor municipal aggregation

Green Energy Consumers

I n both Massachusetts and Rhode Island, the following facts prevail about our electricity supply options: Massachusetts Green municipal aggregation Rhode Island

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Is the 2022 RI budget good for climate action?

Green Energy Consumers

Energy policy & advocacy Rhode IslandRI’s administration needs to get real on climate funding, because the Governor’s budget doesn’t.

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Gas Tax Holidays: A Really Bad Idea

Green Energy Consumers

Some politicians in Massachusetts and Rhode Island are calling on their state governments to reduce or eliminate the gas tax in response to rising prices since Russia invaded Ukraine a couple weeks ago.

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RI Needs to Assess the Climate Impacts of Transportation Spending

Green Energy Consumers

Transportation is the largest source of climate-warming emissions in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts, so Green Energy Consumers Alliance is focused on finding policy solutions to advance low-carbon alternatives to gasoline. Electric vehicles/Transportation Rhode Island

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Rhode Island Receiving More Than $24.2M in Recovery Funding for Transit Hybrids

Green Car Congress

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority ( RIPTA ) will receive more than $24.2 The federal funding, provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, will also be used by RIPTA for capital maintenance and to upgrade public transportation throughout Rhode Island. Established in 1966, RIPTA is authorized to operate public transit services throughout the State of Rhode Island.

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The RI General Assembly is taking the climate crisis seriously: a recap of the busiest legislative session

Green Energy Consumers

A note from Larry Chretien, Executive Director: This blog was written by Kai Salem and Mal Skowron as a wrap up of the super strong 2022 legislative session of the Rhode Island General Assembly. Energy policy & advocacy Rhode Island

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An Opportunity for RI: Four Bills to Act on Climate

Green Energy Consumers

Now, Rhode Island has an exciting and urgent challenge ahead of it: meeting the binding climate goals set by this landmark legislation. Energy policy & advocacy Rhode Island

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3 Climate Policies to Get RI Back on Track for 2030

Green Energy Consumers

Rhode Island is headed in the wrong direction when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions. And it underscores the challenge before Rhode Island in meeting the 2021 Act on Climate mandate of 45% emissions reductions from the 1990 baseline in 2030.

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Your chance to influence RI's EV charging plan

Green Energy Consumers

A bill passed in June 2021 requires the state of Rhode Island to develop a plan to improve statewide access to electric vehicle (EV) charging by January 1, 2022. Energy policy & advocacy Electric vehicles/Transportation Rhode Island

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Smallest state poses big question: natural gas or renewable energy?

Green Car Reports

Rhode Island is in the midst of deciding whether to continue getting a large portion of energy from fossil fuels, or to switch to renewable energy. emissions natural gas renewable energy energy wind energy Rhode IslandThe smallest U.S. state now faces a big question on energy policy. Those options are represented by two competing projects: a large natural-gas power plant, and an offshore wind farm. DON'T MISS: Dirty.

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Be A Fan Of Fans

Green Energy Consumers

Massachusetts Electricity and the grid Energy efficiency Rhode IslandCompared to parts of the country that have much greater summer cooling needs, New Englanders have more options to keep ourselves comfortable affordably and sustainably.

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Act On Climate was a big step for RI. Now let’s work quickly to implement it

Green Energy Consumers

Energy policy & advocacy Rhode IslandYou may be reading more about climate policy in the news because of COP26, the global conference in Glasgow to address the climate crisis hosted by the United Nations.

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President Biden Clears Way for States to Curb Vehicle Pollution

EV Obssesion

Originally published on the NRDC Expert Blog. By Luke Tonachel President Biden is following through on his promise to re-establish the long-held authority of governors to adopt vehicle pollution regulations to protect the health and welfare of people in their states.

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Small Islands Are Biggest Beneficiaries Of Renewable Energy

Green Car Reports

Islands are often cut off from mainland grid infrastructure, which drives up energy costs for the people who live there. energy infrastructure renewable energy energy wind energy Rhode IslandWhen it comes to sites where renewable energy can have the biggest impact, it's best to look offshore. That creates a powerful incentive for switching to renewable sources, and often means there's little if any local competition.

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Buyers in seven Northeast states urged to consider electric cars

Green Car Reports

New York Marketing New York Auto Show plug-in cars New Jersey Connecticut Massachusetts Rhode Island Vermont New HampshireWhen companies want to sell more of something, they market it. Now, at long last, electric cars are about to get the same treatment. Following an announcement at the New York International Auto Show last week, 16 major automakers are joining forces with seven states to promote sales of electric vehicles to consumers. The Alliance for Automobile.

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Two states & their Decarbonization challenges

Green Energy Consumers

Rhode Island and Massachusetts both have mandates to reduce statewide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030 compared to 1990 levels: 50% for Massachusetts and 45% for Rhode Island.

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An electric school bus helps power grid in a first for this New England utility

Electrek

The National Grid supplies electricity to Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island. The utility company National Grid has leveraged an electric school bus to help meet peak demand for electricity for the first time, in Beverly, Massachusetts.

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The first US offshore wind farm has had no negative effect on fish, finds groundbreaking study

Electrek

Block Island Wind Farm in Rhode Island is the United States’ first offshore wind farm. The 30-megawatt, five-turbine offshore wind farm began commercial operations in December 2016 and generates enough energy to power 17,000 homes.

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The Transportation Climate Initiative is on life support. Do states have better ideas for reducing transportation emissions?

Green Energy Consumers

When that news hit, we knew it was going to put pressure on the governors of Massachusetts and Rhode Island to follow suit. We haven’t yet heard from Rhode Island Governor McKee, but we anticipate a similar statement.