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Location: Rhode Island

Rhode Island is the smallest state is the US at only 1,214 square miles in land area. It is the 6th least populated state but the 2nd most densely populated behind only New Jersey. It is home to a little over 1 million residents and borders Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York. Rhode Island was the first state in the nation to pass energy deregulation in 1998. This lead to the state’s utilities restructuring and separating their generation, delivery and supply charges. Initially, only 25 retail energy providers were allowed to offer competitive rates in the state. The commercial and industrial sector was the first to switch electricity rates with the residential sector following. For more information on Rhode Island’s energy sources, energy usage, solar potential and electricity rates, see the graphs below.

Usage for Rhode Island

Monthly average household energy usage in RI compared to the national average.

Location: Ashaway, RI
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Solar Score for Rhode Island

Rhode Island Solar Score: 26

Compare Electricity has developed a solar score for Rhode Island residents and businesses of 26. The score is based on on a combination of factors including how much sun the area receives, roof space and obstacles that may obstruct the sun, electricity generation needed to be cost-effective, and more. Here is a description of each section of the solar score graph:

    • Red = “Not Viable” meaning a solar installation would not be cost-effective.
    • Yellow = “Viable” meaning a solar installation would pay for itself over time.
    • Green = “Very Viable” meaning a solar installation would pay for itself quickly and has large savings potential.

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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