Rhode Island Renewables Legislation Advances Development and Use of Hydropower

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee has signed renewable energy legislation that includes provisions to advance regional development and use of hydropower.

During a signing ceremony Oct. 3 at Rhode Island's historic Slater Mill in Pawtucket, Chafee signed: the Affordable Clean Energy Security Act allowing the state to participate in regional efforts to address energy reliability and price volatility by pursuing cost-effective energy infrastructure projects; the Renewable Energy Growth Program expanding the state's Distributed Generation Contracts Program to 200 MW of capacity for in-state renewable energy systems; and the Renewable Energy Professional Certificate law updating electrical and plumber licensing laws to clarify their work on renewable energy projects.

Among other provisions, the legislation prepares Rhode Island for opportunities for affordable hydropower, officials said.

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