Rhode Island Energy Sources
Sources: Rhode Island
Rhode Island gets over 95% of their electricity from natural gas. However, the state has no natural gas reserves, so it must be brought in via pipeline from other states. The natural gas they receive use to come from Canada, but it now comes from Pennsylvania as they have generated more natural gas in the past decade. The state does generate renewable energy from biomass, wind and solar sources. With its vast amounts of shoreline, numerous offshore wind farms have been added to generate electricity. In a 2007 study, the state determined it could meet 15% of its electricity demand from their offshore wind farms. Biomass is another contributor to the renewable energy sources with the numerous landfills in the state. For more information on the sources of energy in Rhode Island, see the graph below.
Sources for Rhode Island
Cranston, RI produces energy from a variety of sources. Here are the state’s current energy sources and energy production trends.
- 95% of electricity comes from natural gas
- Solar, wind and biomass energy make up the remaining 5% of electricity generation
- The natural gas used in RI is received via pipeline from New York or Massachusetts
- Rhode Island is home to the first offshore wind farm on Block Island
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