Senate President Ruggerio introduces legislation to require all electricity from renewable energy sources

This is a photo of the Rhode Island State House. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio has revitalized legislation to make Rhode Island’s renewable energy future that much closer, with a bill to require 100% of all electricity sold in Rhode Island to be from renewable sources by 2030.

“Here in the Ocean State, we know that action to address the climate crisis cannot wait. Rhode Islanders are already feeling the effects of climate change, and the risks facing our communities will grow increasingly dire in the years ahead,” President Ruggerio said. “This legislation sets out a bold but achievable goal and builds on the historic progress we made in 2021 through the Act on Climate. It will keep Rhode Island, home to the nation’s first offshore wind farm, on the forefront of renewable energy innovation. And it will help us harness the power of clean energy as a driver of economic growth and opportunity.”

Current state law requires 1.5% increases in energy from renewable resources through 2035. President Ruggerio’s legislation would go further to achieve a 100% by 2030. The legislation increases as follows:

  • 4 percent increase in 2022,
  • 5 percent increase in 2023,
  • 6 percent increase in 2024,
  • 11 percent increase in 2025, 2026, and 2027, and
  • 11.5 percent increase in 2028, 2029, and 2030.
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