Rhode Island Posts Proposed Tariffs–Meets Deadline

By Paul Gipe


In record time, the government of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations has posted proposed feed-in tariffs for renewable energy.

Only signed into law by Governor Lincoln Chafee on 29 June, 2011, Rhode Island determined a methodology for calculating the tariffs, held four public hearings, and posted their findings by the statutory deadline at the end of September.

Rhode Island’s fast action should allay any further hand wringing by North Americans that calculating feed-in tariffs is difficult and time consuming.

Rhode Island becomes only the second state in the Northeast to implement a feed-in tariff program and one of the few states in the US to do so.

The Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources managed the expedited process and filed their recommendations September 27, 2011 in compliance with the law.