RI Governor Raimondo takes bold steps on climate and clean energy
Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo turned heads when she made a bold commitment to renewable energy for the Ocean State this week.
Yesterday, at an event at the Rhode Island Statehouse, Raimondo signed an Executive Order committing the state to source 100 percent of state building electricity from renewable resources by 2025, reduce state building energy use 10 percent by 2019, and procure at least 25 percent of new state fleet cars from zero emission options by 2025.
The executive order spells out the renewable energy commitments will be made by both “supporting the installation of renewable energy systems and leveraging competitive market procurement.” Rhode Island can realize the biggest gains from these commitments if they are met by developing in-state and in-region clean energy resources. In her announcement, the governor highlighted that Rhode Island currently spends $35 million a year powering state buildings.
These new goals could not only reduce the state’s environmental footprint and increase investment in clean energy industry in the state and region while creating jobs – but the efficiency gains alone will save the at least $3.5 million every year to use on programs to support Rhode Islanders. These goals have the potential to keep millions of dollars in the state and region.
In celebrating this announcement, the governor was joined by Treasurer Seth Magaziner, Energy Commissioner Marion Gold, Department of Environmental Management Director Janet Coit, Director of the Department of Administration Michael DeBiase, and a room full of legislators, clean energy advocates, and other stakeholders.
With less fanfare – but no less importance – Rhode Island also signed onto the Under2Mou earlier this week, joining other leaders from around the world and in the Northeast U.S.: Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, and Connecticut committing to ambitious climate commitments by 2050.