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Electricity In Rhode Island

  • Population1,059,361
  • Total Consumption7,357,981 MWh / 6.95 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Equivalent Emissions2,920,028,051 kg
  • Total Production8,256,479 MWh / 7.79 MWh per capita

Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in Rhode Island

Rhode Island residential electric rates are highest in January and the highest average bill is in July.

Historical Pricing:
Price Per kWHAverage Bill$0.242/kWh$0.167/kWh$187.73/mo.$80.95/mo.
49th22.08¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of Rhode Island
44th$133.52Average residential monthly electricity bill for Rhode Island Residents

Energy Profile of Rhode Island

Rhode Island's Electricity Prices and Usage

Consumers in Rhode Island are faced with a higher electricity rate than many people in the nation, with an average state electric rate of 22.08 cents per kilowatt hour compared to the US average price of 13.33 cents. This ranks Rhode Island as the 49th lowest priced state in the country by average electricity rate. With 21 electricity companies in the state, customers have many choices to choose from thanks to the deregulated electricity market that exists in the state. The state generates about 7.79 megawatt hours per person per year from its electricity generating plants, which ranks it as the 40th largest producer per capita in the nation. Power generation facilities in the state produce 12.21% more electricity than the state uses, providing an opportunity for electricity storage or exportation. With 439,787 residential customers, The Narragansett Electric Co is the largest provider in the state. With annual production of 8,256,479.46 megawatt hours, Rhode Island is the 48th largest generator of electricity in the nation.

Electricity Providers in Rhode Island

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The Narragansett Electric Co21.89132.942,878,366630,024,267No DataIcon representing missing value.1,611,696,937.2
Clearview Electric14.9862.7356,4968,461,800No DataIcon representing missing value.22,803,104.79
North American Power14.6896.3154,3037,972,100No DataIcon representing missing value.22,262,592.63
Pascoag Electric Utility14.5599.7635,4435,158,030No DataIcon representing missing value.21,678,029.92
Ambit Energy 11.5767.0733,0263,822,400No DataIcon representing missing value.18,113,507
Direct Energy10.5355.7130,3813,199,800No DataIcon representing missing value.13,776,710.46
Town Square Energy15.3972.1223,3643,596,000No DataIcon representing missing value.9,443,882.44
XOOM Energy11.5167.6411,9421,375,000No DataIcon representing missing value.8,080,696.48
First Point Power10.8269.419,8601,066,900No DataIcon representing missing value.45,885,196.41
ENGIE10.4359.388,660903,500No DataIcon representing missing value.3,472,453.31

Power Plants in Rhode Island

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Rhode Island State Energy Center
Natural Gas 3,243,5661,237,219,439.96381.44No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Tiverton Power PlantTiverton Power LLC (100.00%)
Natural Gas 1,589,737600,121,705.82377.5No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Manchester StreetManchester Street, LLC. (100.00%)
Natural Gas 1,539,378650,646,066.93422.67No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Ocean State PowerOcean State Power Co (100.00%)
Natural Gas 639,424296,393,807.26463.53No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Ocean State Power IIOcean State Power Co (100.00%)
Natural Gas 608,879288,299,120.07473.49No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Johnston LFG Turbine PlantRhode Island LFG Genco (100.00%)
Landfill Gas 191,563.3697,761,425510.33No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Toray Plastic America's CHP PlantToray Plastics America (100.00%)
Natural Gas 141,859.974,983,543.04528.57No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Block Island Wind FarmDeepwater Wind Block Island LLC (100.00%)
Wind 114,1873,252,263.4928.48No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
University Solar, LLCAES Distributed Energy (100.00%)
Solar 32,7643,177,717.7596.99No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Central Power PlantState of Rhode Island (100.00%)
Natural Gas 26,5177,145,855.5269.48No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.

Quick Facts

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Rhode Island ranks 44th worst in the country for total generation of electricity from non-renewable fuel types, with 7,602,484.11 of the state’s 8,256,479.46 megawatt hours coming from those sources.

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Rhode Island has recently seen a rise in electricity production from solar power of 131.65% year over year.

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Rhode Island is the 34th highest state for non-renewable generation per capita, with an average of 7.18 megawatt hours per resident generated from non-renewable fuels each year.

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Rhode Island produces 0 megawatt hours of electricity per capita from coal per year, which is 48th highest in the US.

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Renewable electricity fuel sources account for 7.92%, or 653,995.34 megawatt hours, of Rhode Island’s total energy generation, giving the state a ranking of 49th in the United States for total megawatt hours from sustainable fuels.

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Rhode Island generates about 0 megawatt hours of electricity using natural gas per resident living in the state. This is the 48th highest average by a state in the nation.

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Bristol County48,4797 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.20.06$124.68/mo
Kent County164,29211 providers120.56$121.05/mo
Newport County82,0829 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.21.89$132.94/mo
Providence County638,93125 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.18.22$116.35/mo
Washington County125,57710 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.30.77$136.33/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

Coming in at 48th worst in the country, Rhode Island emits 2,920,028,051.18 kilograms of CO2 & CO2 equivalent gases from electricity production a year. This total also results in a ranking of 43rd highest in the nation for pollution per citizen. About 91.94% of the state of Rhode Island’s electricity is produced using Natural Gas. Solar and Wind have the second and third highest total usage, respectively, for electricity production. Solar is used to make 2.99% of electricity generation and Wind accounts for 2.58% of total generation in the state. Rhode Island has 51 electricity producing plants, which is the 45th highest number of power plants in a state and the 17th highest amount of plants per resident in a state.

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Net Metering

Rhode Island has 7 out of 21 electricity providers reporting that they offer net metering to residents with personal solar panels. At the state level, Rhode Island has highly favorable laws for consumers interested in investing in personal solar.

Energy Loss

There are 3 providers in Rhode Island that reported energy loss, including The Narragansett Electric Co, First Point Power, and Block Island Power Company. Combined, these 3 providers average an annual energy loss of 4.69% of electricity generated. The US average is 2.72%, resulting in Rhode Island having a rank of 11th worst in the US for energy loss efficiency.

Solar Taxes And Rebates

Motivating private citizens to consider installing solar panels can definitely be a challenge due to prohibitive initial costs. Governments can help the cause by passing legislation for tax breaks and rebates for those who purchase solar panels. Rhode Island currently does not offer a state tax credit for solar panel installation at a private residence. Citizens in the state enjoy rebates for solar purchases of over $500. This is the highest amount we’ve seen in the country. Fortunately, Rhode Island offers a 100% tax exemption to consumers.. Luckily, homeowners in the state have a 100% sales tax exemption for the purchase of private solar at a residence. It doesn’t get any better than this.

State Level Initiatives

Consumers seeking electricity plans that use renewable fuels will benefit from statewide legislation that encourage green energy usage. States that have Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) have requirements in place for all electric providers who sell electricity in the state. These standards require that a percentage of electricity must be generated from renewable energy. Electricity suppliers in the state of Rhode Island are required to produce a minimum of 16-24% of their electricity using renewable fuel sources. Also, there are currently no low income solar programs to assist low income families to install solar panels.

FAQ: Common Questions About Energy in Rhode Island

Where does Rhode Island get its electricity?

The main fuels used for electricity generation in Rhode Island are Natural Gas (91.94%), Solar (2.99%) and Wind (2.58%).

How much does electricity cost in Rhode Island?

The average electricity rate paid by consumers in Rhode Island in 2021 is 22.08 cents per kilowatt hour.