RI Governor Signs 100% Renewables Bill into Law

Rhode Island's state house

Rhode Island State House. Photo: Tupungato via Shutterstock

June 29, 2022 (PROVIDENCE, RI) – Rhode Island Governor Daniel McKee has signed a new law that requires 100% of the state’s electricity come from renewable sources by 2033. Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released the following statement in response.

“This law signals the next step in the death of fossil fuels in Rhode Island,” said CLF 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.”

The legislation (H-7277A/S-2274A) amends Rhode Island’s existing Renewable Energy Standard, which requires retail sellers to obtain a percentage of the electricity they sell to be obtained from renewable energy resources. The current percentage is 19%. The new legislation continues to increase that percentage incrementally until 2033, when it reaches 100%. Sellers comply with the standard by purchasing renewable energy certificates from operating renewable energy resources.

CLF experts are available for further comment.