Rhode Island Governor Signs Order for 100 Percent Renewable Electricity by 2030

Democratic Governor Gina Raimondo signed an executive order on Jan. 17 setting a goal for the state to source all of its electricity from renewable resources by the end of 2030. The order directs the state’s Office of Energy Resources to conduct an economic and energy market analysis and develop policies and programs to attain the target. Rhode Island joins a growing number of states committing to carbon-free power generation. About half a dozen state-level laws were enacted last year to establish 100 percent clean energy transition, showing how the nation’s decade-long renewable push is ramping up.

In 2019, Maine, New Mexico, New York, Washington, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia, enacted 100 percent clean energy transition laws in 2019, while Nevada and Maryland upgraded their renewable portfolio standards to 50 percent. Hawaii became the first state to set a 100 percent renewable energy target in 2015, while California adopted a carbon-free electricity goal in 2018.

Democratic governors in several states have signed executive orders with clean energy goals. Lat year, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers signed orders to achieve zero-carbon power by 2050, while Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont directed the state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to evaluate pathways and recommend strategies to transition to carbon-free power by 2040

Rhode Island’s goal is part of a broader strategy to address climate change by cutting carbon emissions. In 2017, Raimondo set a goal of increasing the state’s clean energy capacity by 10 times by the end of 2020. The state is on track to achieve the target, facilitated by competitive procurements of carbon-free resources at scale and nation-leading energy efficiency programs.