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Action needed now on the
Distributed Generation Growth Program bills (H7727/S2690). The Senate will vote on their version on June 6, but the bill is still in committee in the house, being “held for further study.” This program will expire in 2014 unless reauthorized by the RI Legislature. Please read the explanation below, and then call or email your representatives in the Legislature.
Developing renewable energy is our best way to fight climate change, as well as to protect ourselves from rising prices for natural gas.
Per an article in the projo of May 30, 2014, the distributed generation pilot program created in 2011 to develop the clean energy industry in RI has been very successful. “It created 175 jobs in the first 18 months of the program and the cost of solar power generation dropped more than 50%...Renewable energy companies …lined up in droves to vie for the wind, solar, anaerobic digestion and small-scale hydro projects awarded through the 2011 program.” 70 projects proposed so far, but program only big enough to accommodate 28. 16 have been built or scheduled to be built, with more on the way.
This program will expire in 2014 unless reauthorized by the RI Legislature. Distributed Generation Growth Program bill (H7727/S2690).The Senate will hear their version on June 6, but the bill is still in committee in the house, being “held for further study.”
“According to a May 20143 report commissioned by the state Office of Energy Resources, a new distributed generation program along with Renewable Energy Fund investments would result in nearly 250 net jobs and an average annual net economic output of more than $30 million. Over the next 25 years, the state could expect to see more than a half-billion dollars in economic output if the bill were enacted. With an expanded renewable energy market, the state’s solar businesses would no longer have to cross state lines to do business. “ By Peter Rothstein, president of New England Clean Energy Council. John Marcantonio, Exec. Director of RI Builders’ Association, and Michael Daley, business manager of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers local union 99.