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Location: Newport, RI

Newport sits off the coast of Rhode Island and was a major port during the Colonial Era. The town has an estimated population of 24,073 but has thousands of visitors each year due to its rich history. Newport residents we some of the first in the nation to have a choice in their electricity supplier when RI passed energy deregulation laws in 1998. Rhode Island was the first state in the nation to deregulate their energy market and allowed only 25 retail energy providers into the state at first. Today, while thousands of Rhode Islanders have switched to a lower electricity rate, the majority of residents still have shopped and switched energy providers. For more information on Newport’s energy sources, usage and solar score, see the graph below.

Usage for Newport, Rhode Island

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

Solar Score for Newport, RI

Newport, RI Solar Score: 44

Compare Electricity has developed a solar score for Newport, RI residents and businesses of 29/100. 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 Newport, RI

Newport, 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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