Rhode Island Orders Up More Renewable Energy

By ecoRI News staff

Rhode Island continues to push for more renewable energy. The latest is a call for 400 megawatts of power from new energy projects developed in and outside Rhode Island.

The request for proposals comes after Gov. Gina Raimondo awarded 400 megawatts of offshore wind power to Deepwater Wind in June.

This time, eligible projects include solar, offshore and onshore wind, small hydro, biomass, fuel cells, geothermal, and ocean-tidal and current-powered projects. All energy proposals must be 20 megawatts or greater. Hydro projects 30 megawatts and larger, including Canadian hydro, aren’t eligible.

The request for proposals will be managed by National Grid. The utility can’t bid on the projects. National Grid can buy renewable energy credits, known as RECs, in addition to awarding projects that feed electricity directly into the power grid.

“Our commitment to combating climate change is as strong as ever,” Raimondo is quoted in a press release.

Developers must submit their bids by Oct. 29 at noon. The Public Utilities Commission will review and approve selected projects before contracts are awarded. The approval process includes opportunities for public comment. Information will be accessible to the public and stakeholders.

Since 2017, when Raimondo announced her goal to bring 1,000 megawatts of renewable energy into the state’s energy portfolio, Rhode Island has more than tripled the amount of renewable power in its portfolio, according to the governor’s office.

Details on the “Rhode Island 400 MW Renewable Energy RFP” are available online.