Electricity in Rhode Island

Electricity Rates, Plans & Statistics

Electricity Coverage & Statistics in Rhode Island

  • Population
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    1,097,379
  • Total Production
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    8,035,015 MWh / 7.32 MWh per capita
  • Total Consumption
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    7,377,503 MWh / 6.72 MWh per capita
  • Total Production from Renewable
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    719,776 MWh / 0.66 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Emissions from Consumption
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    3,018,645,472 kg / 2,750.78 kg per capita
  • Total Production from Non-Renewable
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    7,315,239 MWh / 6.67 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 Electricity Rates:

Price Per kWhAverage Bill$0.257/kWh$0.167/kWh$187.73/mo.$80.95/mo.
46th22.44¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of Rhode Island
33rd$130.33Average residential monthly electricity bill for Rhode Island Residents

Energy Profile of Rhode Island

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 22.44 cents per kilowatt hour compared to the United States average price of 13.99 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 6.72 megawatt hours of electricity each, making the state the 49th highest ranked state based on use per capita. About 8.18% of the megawatt hours generated in the state are exported or stored and 91.82% of it is actively consumed by citizens. The state generates 8,035,015.01 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 CoBUNDLED22.23129.372,814,160625,706,528
Pascoag Electric UtilityBUNDLED14.92100.6335,0625,231,330
Block Island Power CompanyBUNDLED41.41148.36,9202,865,2502

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 3,611,6281,371,306,676.18379.69
Manchester StreetManchester Street, LLC. (100.00%)
Providence Natural Gas 1,397,104592,137,630.53423.83
Johnston LFG Turbine PlantRhode Island LFG Genco (100.00%)
Providence County Landfill Gas 204,200.52104,743,543.37512.94
Block Island Wind FarmDeepwater Wind Block Island LLC (100.00%)
Wind 84,208
Kent County Solar 33,350
Central Power PlantState of Rhode Island (100.00%)
Cranston Natural Gas 25,9117,000,211.71270.16
Rhode Island HospitalRhode Island Hospital (100.00%)
Providence Natural Gas 15,508.554,489,493.43289.49
WED Coventry 2Town of West Warwick (100.00%)
Kent County Wind 9,189
WED Coventry 6WED Coventry Six, LLC (100.00%)
Kent County Wind 8,140
NBC Field's Point Wind FarmNarragansett Bay Commission (100.00%)
Providence Wind 6,906

Quick Facts

Rhode Island generates 91.04% of their electricity from non-renewable fuel sources. This equates to 6.67 megawatt hours per resident and places Rhode Island as the 35th highest state for non-renewable generation per capita per year.

Averaging production of 7.32 megawatt hours per Rhode Island resident per year, Rhode Island ranks 42nd in production per capita in the United States.

Rhode Island produces 0 megawatt hours from coal per year. That is 0 megawatt hours per person in the state and makes Rhode Island the 47th highest ranked state for electricity generation from coal per capita.

Wind turbines produce 0.16 megawatt hours per year per person for Rhode Island residents, which is 33rd highest in the US.

Rhode Island has achieved a reduction of 11.62% in the use of non-renewable fuels for electricity production during the course of the last year.

The state of Rhode Island ranks 47th in hydroelectric power production, generating 4,455 megawatt hours each year from hydroelectric plants.

CountyPopulationProvidersPlantsResidential Rate (¢)Residential Avg. Electric Bill
Bristol County50,7931022.23$125.93/mo
Kent County170,3639422.23$125.93/mo
Newport County85,64310122.23$125.93/mo
Providence County660,741111020.40$119.60/mo
Washington County129,83911222.42$126.15/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

In Rhode Island, Natural Gas makes up 90.95% of the fuel sources utilized for electricity generation. Solar and Landfill Gas are also important fuel sources in the state, with 4.20% and 2.54% 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 3,018,645,471.97 kilograms of CO2 emissions. More telling of the state's emissions reality is the per resident CO2 totals. Currently that amount stands at 2,750.78 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 47th highest amount of electricity generation plants of any state in the United States, with 18 plants. This translates to the 10th 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
90.95%
SOLAR
Solar
4.20%
LANDFILL GAS
Landfill Gas
2.54%
WIND
Wind
2.16%
DISTILLATE FUEL OIL
Distillate Fuel Oil
0.08%
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 Energy in Rhode Island

How many power plants are in Rhode Island?

Rhode Island is home to 18 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 90.95% of the fuel used in the state. In addition, Solar makes up 4.20% and Landfill Gas makes up 2.54%.

What is a good electricity rate in Rhode Island?

The average rate of electricity in Rhode Island in 2022 is 22.44 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 $130 while the national average is $124.

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 Co448,212
2Pascoag Electric Utility4,929
3Block Island Power Company1,979

What is the cheapest electricity company in Rhode Island?

Residential Rate RankProviderResidential Rate (¢)State Customers
1Pascoag Electric Utility14.924,929
2The Narragansett Electric Co22.23448,212
3Block Island Power Company41.411,979

Last Reviewed By: Nick Reese
Published: 2021-03-16Last Updated: 2022-06-02