Rhode Island aims for 100% renewable power by 2033 under new law
Image by Governor Dan McKee (@GovDanMcKee), Twitter.
Rhode Island governor Dan McKee on Wednesday signed into law legislation stating that 100% of the state’s electricity should be offset by renewables by 2033.
In this way, Rhode Island gets the most ambitious renewable energy standard in the country, becoming the first state to commit to 100% renewable power by 2033.
The legislation calls for additional annual increases in the amount of electricity that should be generated from renewable sources, accelerating the increases under current law to achieve a 100% Renewable Energy Standard in 2033.
The bill follows last year’s Act on Climate with an objective for the state to reach net-zero emissions economy-wide by 2050.
“Today’s historic legislation outlines a firm 10-year commitment to achieve our climate change mitigation goals, giving Rhode Island the most ambitious renewable energy standard in the nation,” said the governor.
“In addition to reducing emissions and our reliance on fossil fuels that must be brought to Rhode Island from other places, creating renewable energy supports the green industry, creating thousands of good paying jobs right here in Rhode Island,” said Representative Deborah Ruggiero, one of the bill sponsors.
Earlier this month, the Rhode Island State Senate approved a new bill to facilitate the deployment of 600 MW of offshore wind.