April 2004 - Governor Donald Carcieri announced that the Rhode Island State Energy Office has committed to purchase enough green power to meet all of the electricity needs of the State House for the next five years. The purchase, equivalent to the output of one large wind turbine, will cost an estimated $210,000, which will be paid through monies provided by the Rhode Island Renewable Energy Fund. The State Energy Office will issue a competitive solicitation for the renewable energy supply.
News Release - Carcieri Announces Renewable Energy to Power the State House
April 2003 - The Rhode Island Renewable Energy Fund announced the formation of the Renewable Energy Consumer Aggregation (RECA), a group of 20 Rhode Island businesses and educational institutions committed to exploring options to purchase their electricity from renewable energy sources either individually or in aggregate. Combined, the group members use more than 400 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually.
RECA will investigate the market for renewable power and attempt to find cost-effective purchasing opportunities. The Rhode Island Renewable Energy Fund was established in the state's Utility Restructuring Act of 1996 and is funded through a surcharge on electricity customer bills. The Fund is administered by the State Energy Office.
News Release - Twenty Large Energy Buyers Explore Rhode Island Renewable Energy Purchasing Options
Additional Information - RECA Brochure (PDF 106 KB) Download Acrobat Reader
RECA Contact: Mark Crowdis (301) 625-2590