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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
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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 Electric Rates:

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 residential 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 4 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.

Residential 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
Pascoag Electric Utility14.5599.7635,4435,158,030No DataIcon representing missing value.21,678,029.92
Ambit Energy11.5767.0733,0263,822,400No DataIcon representing missing value.18,113,507
Block Island Power Company39.66139.726,6662,643,525510,945,252.43

Power Plants in Rhode Island

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Rhode Island State Energy CenterThe Carlyle Group (100.00%)
Providence County Natural Gas 3,243,5661,237,219,439.96381.44No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Tiverton Power PlantEmera (100.00%)
Tiverton CDP Natural Gas 1,589,737600,121,705.82377.5No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Manchester StreetManchester Street, LLC. (100.00%)
Providence Natural Gas 1,539,378650,646,066.93422.67No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Johnston LFG Turbine PlantRhode Island LFG Genco (100.00%)
Providence County 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%)
Washington County 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%)
Washington County Wind 114,1873,252,263.4928.48No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Kent County Solar 32,7643,177,717.7596.99No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Central Power PlantState of Rhode Island (100.00%)
Cranston Natural Gas 26,5177,145,855.5269.48No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Rhode Island HospitalRhode Island Hospital (100.00%)
Providence Natural Gas 22,563.816,450,142.81285.86No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Hope Farm Solar, LLCHope Farm Solar, LLC (100.00%)
Cranston Solar 16,7291,611,807.5596.35No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.

Quick Facts

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Non-renewable fuel types are used in the generation of 92.08% of the megawatt hours produced in Rhode Island, ranking it 44th worst for total megawatt hours produced from non-renewable fuel types.

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Rhode Island has a population of 1,059,361 citizens.

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Rhode Island is the 34th highest state for non-renewable production per capita, with an average of 7.18 megawatt hours per resident produced from non-renewable fuel sources per year.

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On average, Rhode Island residents are responsible for 2,756.41 kilograms of CO2 emissions per person per year, while the US average emissions per capita is 4,582.45.

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Rhode Island has had a 0.19% growth in the state’s total population in the last year.

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Ranking 36th in wind power generation in the US, Rhode Island has a total yield of 212,711.32 megawatt hours from wind power.

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Bristol County48,4794No DataIcon representing missing value.16.73$100.00/mo
Kent County164,2924916.73$100.00/mo
Newport County82,0824316.73$99.99/mo
Providence County638,93152116.00$99.92/mo
Washington County125,57751224.37$113.24/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

Coming in as the 48th worst ranked state in the nation, Rhode Island emits 2,920,028,051.18 kilograms of CO2 emissions from electricity consumption. The state averages 2,756.41 kilograms of CO2 emissions per capita, which is a better measurement of the state’s emission levels. They rank 43rd highest in the nation for emissions per resident. Around 91.94% of the state of Rhode Island’s electricity is generated using Natural Gas. Solar and Wind make up the next highest totals for a fuel type at 2.99% and 2.58%, respectively. Rhode Island has the 46th highest amount of electricity producing plants of any state in the US, with 44 total plants. This equates to the 18th most power plants per resident in the nation.

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Natural Gas
91.94%
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Solar
2.99%
WIND Renewable, RefreshableIcon representing renewability.
Wind
2.58%
LANDFILL GAS Renewable, RefreshableIcon representing renewability.
Landfill Gas
2.32%
DISTILLATE FUEL OIL
Distillate Fuel Oil
0.12%
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0.06%

Rhode Island Net Metering

Rhode Island has 3 out of 4 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

Energy loss in Rhode Island is about 4.69% of all energy transmitted by the 2 companies that report energy loss. For comparison, the countrywide average energy loss is 2.72%. Rhode Island has a rank of 11th worst in the US for grid efficiency based on energy loss.

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, Solar and Wind, accounting for 91.94%, 2.99% and 2.58% respectively.

What power companies are in Rhode Island?

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1The Narragansett Electric Co439,787
2Ambit Energy5,339
3Pascoag Electric Utility4,905
4Block Island Power Company1,974

Which electricity company is the largest supplier in Rhode Island?

The largest electricity supplier in Rhode Island by megawatt hours sold is The Narragansett Electric Co.

How many electric companies offer service in Rhode Island?

There are 4 electricity companies serving consumers in Rhode Island.

What is a good electricity rate in Rhode Island?

The average electric rate in Rhode Island is 22.08 cents per kilowatt hour, so anything below this amount is better than most. The lowest priced provider is currently Ambit Energy, at 11.57 cents per kilowatt hour.

What is the average electric bill in Rhode Island?

The Rhode Island average electricity bill is $134 so far in 2021, while the US average is $120.

Does Rhode Island have a deregulated electricity market?

Rhode Island has a deregulated electricity market, meaning citizens in the state can often choose from an abundance of electricity providers for their electricity needs.

What is the cheapest electricity company in Rhode Island?

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1Ambit Energy11.575,339
2Pascoag Electric Utility14.554,905
3The Narragansett Electric Co21.89439,787
4Block Island Power Company39.661,974

How many power plants are located within Rhode Island?

There are 44 power plants in Rhode Island

Last Reviewed By: Nick Reese
Published: 2021-03-16Last Updated: 2021-10-14