Electricity Rates in Rhode Island

Electricity Rates, Plans & Statistics

Electricity Companies & Statistics in Rhode Island

  • Population
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    1,097,379
  • Total Production
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    9,125,831 MWh / 8.32 MWh per capita
  • Total Consumption
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    7,493,065 MWh / 6.83 MWh per capita
  • Total Production from Renewable
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    813,680 MWh / 0.74 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Emissions from Consumption
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    2,938,969,485 kg / 2,678.17 kg per capita
  • Total Production from Non-Renewable
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    8,312,151 MWh / 7.57 MWh per capita
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Average 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 Electricity Rates:

Price Per kWhAverage Bill$0.257/kWh$0.167/kWh$187.73/mo.$80.95/mo.
46th22.27¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of Rhode Island
31st$130.83Average residential monthly electricity bill for Rhode Island Residents

Rhode Island Electricity Fuel Mix

Rhode Island's Electricity Prices and Usage

Customers in Rhode Island are faced with a higher residential electricity rate than many people in the United States, with an average state electric rate of 22.27 cents per kilowatt hour compared to the United States average price of 14.46 cents. Rhode Island ranks as the 46th lowest priced state in the US by average electricity rate. The state features a deregulated electricity market, where citizens are able to choose from multiple electricity companies out of the over 0 providers that operate in the state. The Narragansett Electric Co is the largest electricity provider in the state based on residential customer count. Citizens in the state consume 6.83 megawatt hours of electricity each, making the state the 49th highest ranked state based on use per capita. About 17.89% of the megawatt hours generated in the state are exported or stored and 82.11% of it is actively consumed by citizens. The state generates 9,125,831.37 megawatt hours from its power plants, which is the 48th largest total production for a state in the United States.

Residential Electricity Providers in Rhode Island

ProviderService TypeResidential Rate (¢)Residential Average Bill ($)Residential Sales (MWh)Residential Revenues ($)State Production (MWh)
The Narragansett Electric CoBUNDLED22.03129.692,873,102633,013,912
Pascoag Electric UtilityBUNDLED15.14100.8534,6935,252,550
Block Island Power CompanyBUNDLED41.00147.116,9412,845,940313

Commercial Electricity Providers in Rhode Island

ProviderService TypeCommercial Rate (¢)Commercial Average Bill ($)Commercial Sales (MWh)Commercial Revenues ($)State Production (MWh)
The Narragansett Electric CoBUNDLED13.91305.681,170,473162,758,631
Block Island Power CompanyBUNDLED37.48607.397,2012,698,625313
Pascoag Electric UtilityBUNDLED17.8995.433,439615,240

Power Plants in Rhode Island

PlantCity/CountyPrimary Fuel TypeProduction (MWh)Emission (KG)Emissions/MWh (KG/MWh)Toxic Chemical ReleaseClosing Date
Rhode Island State Energy CenterThe Carlyle Group (100.00%)
Providence County Natural Gas 3,721,8331,413,921,868.24379.9
Tiverton Power PlantEmera (100.00%)
Newport County Natural Gas 1,510,957563,532,113.48372.96
Manchester StreetManchester Street, LLC. (100.00%)
Providence Natural Gas 1,300,740552,140,926.8424.48
Ocean State PowerLS Power (100.00%)
Providence County Natural Gas 1,046,455463,741,610.77443.15
Ocean State Power IILS Power (100.00%)
Providence County Natural Gas 879,984394,360,061.25448.14
Johnston LFG Turbine PlantRhode Island LFG Genco (100.00%)
Providence County Landfill Gas 225,937.25114,985,504.09508.93
Toray Plastic America's CHP PlantToray Plastics America (100.00%)
Washington County Natural Gas 155,370.1881,103,458.54522
Block Island Wind FarmDeepwater Wind Block Island LLC (100.00%)
Wind 88,110
Kent County Solar 33,247
Rhode Island HospitalRhode Island Hospital (100.00%)
Providence Natural Gas 28,884.048,420,962.54291.54

Quick Facts

Rhode Island generates 91.08% of their electricity from non-renewable fuel sources. This equates to 7.57 megawatt hours per resident and places Rhode Island as the 34th highest state for non-renewable generation per capita per year.

Rhode Island has seen an increase in electricity production from solar power of 50.58% year over year.

Rhode Island is 33rd highest in the US for electricity production from wind per capita, averaging 0.17 megawatt hours per person produced from wind.

Rhode Island ranks 30th in the United States in solar power production, with 398,469.08 megawatt hours generated from solar power.

Rhode Island generates 8.92% of its electricity from renewable fuel sources, or 0.74 megawatt hours per citizen each year.

When comparing annual CO2 emissions per capita, Rhode Island saw a 3.55% increase over the preceding 12 months.

CountyPopulationProvidersPlantsResidential Rate (¢)Residential Avg. Electric Bill
Bristol County50,7937122.87$135.59/mo
Kent County170,36371022.87$135.59/mo
Newport County85,6437522.87$135.59/mo
Providence County660,74182820.94$126.91/mo
Washington County129,83981423.06$135.71/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

In Rhode Island, Natural Gas makes up 90.84% of the fuel sources utilized for electricity generation. Solar and Landfill Gas are also important fuel sources in the state, with 4.37% and 2.48% of total electricity generation being generated from each, respectively. The state is the 48th worst ranked state when it comes to total CO2 pollution, with the state consuming enough electricity to account for 2,938,969,485.44 kilograms of CO2 emissions. More telling of the state's emissions reality is the per resident CO2 totals. Currently that amount stands at 2,678.17 kilograms of CO2 emissions from electricity use, which results in the state ranking as the 43rd highest state in the US for CO2 pollution released per capita. Rhode Island has the 39th highest amount of electricity generation plants of any state in the United States, with 65 plants. This translates to the 11th most plants per person in the United States.

NATURAL GAS
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
90.84%
SOLAR
Solar
4.37%
LANDFILL GAS
Landfill Gas
2.48%
WIND
Wind
2.03%
DISTILLATE FUEL OIL
Distillate Fuel Oil
0.22%
OTHER
Other
0.08%

Rhode Island Net Metering

Rhode Island has 3 out of 3 electricity providers reporting that they offer net metering to residents with personal solar panels. At the state level, Rhode Island has favorable regulations for consumers interested in investing in solar.

Energy Loss

In Rhode Island one company reports energy loss, The Narragansett Electric Co. They average an annual energy loss of 4.73%. With a national average of 2.76%, Rhode Island is ranked as the 43rd best state in the nation.

Solar Taxes And Rebates

State governments can help encourage private citizens to consider installing solar panels by promoting tax incentives and rebates to their populace. Rhode Island currently does not offer a state tax credit for solar panel installation at a private residence. The state offers rebates of over $500 to customers. Fortunately, Rhode Island offers a 100% tax exemption to homeowners. at their place of residence. The state provides a 100% sales tax exemption to homeowners who purchase private solar. This is great news for everyone in the state.

State Level Initiatives

Consumers who are shopping for electricity plans that use renewable sources will have much better luck if there are state level initiatives that encourage green energy usage. Many states require renewable fuels to make up a percentage of the fuel used for electricity generation by electricity companies in the state. These requirements are referred to as Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS). Electric suppliers in Rhode Island are required to generate a minimum of 16-24% of their output using renewable fuels. In addition, the state does not have any sort of low income solar programs that assist with the installation of solar panels at low income households.

Learn about going solar in Rhode Island, find out which system size is best for you, compare local installers and see which incentives are available in your area.

FAQ: Common Questions About Electricity in Rhode Island

How many power plants are in Rhode Island?

Rhode Island is home to 65 electricity plants producing electricity for the state.

Where does Rhode Island get its electricity?

Rhode Island's electricity is generated using primarily Natural Gas, which makes up 90.84% of the fuel used in the state. In addition, Solar makes up 4.37% and Landfill Gas makes up 2.48%.

What is a good electricity rate in Rhode Island?

The average rate of electricity in Rhode Island in 2022 is 22.27 cents per kilowatt hour (¢/kWh).

What electricity company is the largest provider in Rhode Island?

By total megawatt hours sold, The Narragansett Electric Co is the largest electricity provider in Rhode Island.

Does Rhode Island have a deregulated electricity market?

Yes, the state has a deregulated electricity market. This means that consumers in the state can choose from multiple electricity companies to supply their electricity.

What is the average electric bill in Rhode Island?

The average electricity bill in Rhode Island in 2022 is $131 while the national average is $130.

How many electric companies offer service in Rhode Island?

There are 3 electricity companies offering service in Rhode Island.

What electricity companies offer service in Rhode Island?

State Customers RankProviderState Customers
1The Narragansett Electric Co452,193
2Pascoag Electric Utility4,939
3Block Island Power Company1,982

What is the cheapest electricity company in Rhode Island?

Residential Rate RankProviderResidential Rate (¢)State Customers
1Pascoag Electric Utility15.144,939
2The Narragansett Electric Co22.03452,193
3Block Island Power Company41.001,982

Last Reviewed By: Nick Reese
Published: 2022-09-27