News Release | Environment Rhode Island

Rhode Island Leads Atlantic Coast States in Drive to Tap Offshore Wind Energy

Rhode Island is currently leading Atlantic States in the movement to utilize and benefit from offshore wind farms.

News Release | Environment Rhode Island Research & Policy Center

Rhode Island waterways receive top rank with least toxic dumping of any state

Rhode Island ranks best nationwide with the least amount of toxic industrial pollution dumped into the state’s waterways, according to a new report by Environment Rhode Island Research & Policy Center. Industrial facilities dumped just over 600 pounds of toxic chemicals into Rhode Island’s waterways in 2012, compared to nearly 18 million pounds in the worst-ranking state, Indiana. The report comes as the Environmental Protection Agency considers a new rule to restore Clean Water Act protections to thousands of waterways in Rhode Island and across the nation.

News Release | Environment Rhode Island

On the verge of a big win for Rhode Island solar

The Rhode Island House and Senate both voted to pass companion bills to extend and expand Rhode Island's cornerstone renewable energy program. The DG (distributed generation) program allows renewable energy projects to be built in Rhode Island and connected to the grid; the bills passed today would add a new 160 megawatts in coming years to the program's current 40 megawatts. The legislation is expected to be conveyed to Governor Chafee shortly for his signature.

News Release | Environment Rhode Island

EPA proposes first-ever limits on carbon pollution from power plants

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the first-ever federal limits on carbon pollution from power plants, the largest single source of global warming pollution in America. Environment Rhode Island enthusiastically applauded the proposed limits, which, once finalized, will be the largest step the U.S. has taken to combat global warming.

News Release | Environment Rhode Island

Barrington makes plastic bag ban permanent

Barrington's town council voted to remove the original sunset clause in the town's Reusable Bag Ordinance. The ordinance, which went into effect in January 2013, banned Barrington retailers from distributing single-use plastic checkout bags at the point of sale; a sunset provision ending the ban after two years was initially included to give the policy a trial period before making it permanent. By striking the sunset date, the council's reaffirmation of Barrington's ordinance comes as state lawmakers consider proposed legislation to ban plastic bags statewide in Rhode Island.