Rhode Island Creates Blueprint to Modernize its Electric Grid and Control Long-term Costs for Ratepayers

The Rhode Island Division of Public Utilities and Carriers (DPUC), Public Utilities Commission (PUC), and Office of Energy Resources (OER) recently released a comprehensive blueprint to modernize the state's electric grid, which will control the long-term costs of energy, foster customer participation and choice, and enable the efficient integration of clean energy technologies.

The report, Rhode Island Power Sector Transformation, was submitted in response to Governor Gina M. Raimondo's call for innovative strategies to advance a cleaner, more affordable and reliable energy system for the 21st Century. It includes recommendations for action over the next year to provide more value to customers through a new regulatory framework and strengthen grid flexibility and resiliency.

"The electric grid was built for a world when electricity only flowed one-way, from the utility to customers," said Macky McCleary, administrator of the Rhode Island Division of Public Utilities and Carriers. "Today, with the addition of renewable energy systems throughout the grid, that electricity flows both ways. This presents a huge opportunity for us to rethink how we regulate and incentivize grid improvements, while giving consumers more control over their energy choices and usage."

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