Rhode Island to enjoy new renewable energy laws

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 @ 09:09 AM
posted by rene5432

Rhode Island Governor Lincoln D. Chafee signed four bills in Tiverton recently that are aimed at increasing the use of renewable energy in the state, the North Kingstown Patch reports.

The General Assembly approved the bills last year, which will promote grid connectivity, increase the state's renewable energy generation, encourage economic development and help distribute the newly generated clean energy. One bill will force National Grid, the state energy provider, to buy back renewable energy generated by customers at the retail price rather than a wholesale price, which will save tax payers money.

Another bill establishes the Renewable Energy Coordinating Board. According to the Boston Globe, this board will help create the Ocean State's new green energy plans. The board was made up of members of the state's environmental, energy and economic development agencies to give the plan an all-encompassing strategy.

Paiva Weed, a democrat from Newport, told the news source that encouraging wind and solar energy is on the top of the board's list, as these investments will likely lead to more jobs in the renewable energy field, a cleaner environment and a more energy-efficient economy in the state. 

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