Gov. Raimondo aims to power state on 100% renewables by 2030

Source: By Jennifer McDermott, Associated Press • Posted: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) announced yesterday she will sign an executive order that aims to make the state the first in the nation to be powered completely by renewable energy by the end of the decade.In the annual State of the State speech to lawmakers, the governor called for addressing climate change “with urgency.” Rhode Island is the nation’s leader in offshore wind, Raimondo said in prepared remarks, and there will be enough offshore wind energy to power half of the homes in the state in a few years.

The first U.S. offshore wind farm began operating off Block Island, R.I., in late 2016.

“It’s time to set our sights higher,” Raimondo said, according to the prepared remarks.

The executive order, to be signed Friday, will set a goal for the electric grid to operate with 100% renewable energy by 2030. Raimondo will outline the path toward that goal Friday, her office said.