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.

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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.

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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.

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Rhode Island charging ahead toward electric cars & trucks

Governor Chafee released an action plan with a team of other governors to help put more than 3 million zero-emission vehicles on the road within a dozen years.

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Jamestown and Charlestown councils voice support for statewide plastic bag ban

On May 19, the Town Council of Jamestown voted to approve a letter from the Jamestown Conservation Commission to state lawmakers in support of the proposed legislation to ban disposable plastic checkout bags statewide in Rhode Island (H7178/S2314). The news comes one week after Charlestown's Town Council passed a resolution supporting the legislation as well.