McKee signs 100% renewable energy bill

NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Gov. Dan McKee signed a bill Wednesday that will require Rhode Island to obtain 100% of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2033.

Utility companies will need to purchase renewable energy projects based on a percentage of the energy they sell to Rhode Islanders.

The current percentage is 19%, and will increase incrementally each year until it reaches 100%. Once signed into law, the state will be the first to adopt this new standard.

“This law signals the next step in the death of fossil fuels in Rhode Island,” said Conversation Law Foundation Senior Attorney Meg Curran. “Requiring all of our electricity to come from renewable sources is a major win for our health, our economy, and the planet. Now is the time to step up production of wind and solar resources.”

On Thursday, McKee met with members of the Biden-Harris administration and 10 other East Coast governors, partnering to boost the growing offshore wind industry.

In 2021, the Biden administration approved an offshore wind farm off the coasts of Rhode Island and New York as part of a plan to deploy 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030.

The governor also launched the state’s electric vehicle rebate program on Tuesday, another push for more renewable energy.

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