We need to transition to 100% clean energy supply in Providence, with a focus on local generation and equitable access.
In order to meet our clean energy goals, Providence must rapidly accelerate the adoption of local, renewable energy. We must also be cognizant of who has access to these opportunities. Taking an equitable approach means that clean energy programs work towards energy democracy and must focus on helping low income, communities of color become less burdened by the cost and the environmental impacts of our energy system.
How Will We Get There?
By 2035, 50% of citywide electricity is carbon-free.
By 2050, 100% of citywide electricity is carbon-free.
Local generation accounts for 30% of supply.
100% of municipal buildings’ electricity will be renewable by 2030.
100% of municipal buildings’ heating will be renewable by 2040.
Targets to Develop
Number of low to moderate income Providence residents enrolled in community solar.
Percentage of clean energy assets in Providence owned by frontline community organizations and individuals.
By investing in solar energy, you can save money on your electricity bills, take advantage of federal tax credits and incentives for solar, and increase the value of your home. Creating a demand for solar also helps support the local clean energy economy by creating local jobs.
Make Your Home or Building Energy Efficient
Rhode Island has set policies that require utilities to invest in energy efficiency as a fuel source, rather than buy more traditional energy like fossil fuels. This is because a one-time investment in a building’s energy efficiency is much more cost effective than buying more energy year over year. These investments also provide local jobs and keep our building stock in good shape.