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Rhode Island Gov. McKee Signs Energy Storage Act into Law

Posted by Savannah Gribbins on Jun 27, 2024

Bill sponsors Sen. Euer and Rep. Handy join Advanced Energy United in applauding landmark moment for Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, RI – Last night, Governor Daniel McKee signed the 2024 Energy Storage Systems Act into law, a landmark moment in Rhode Island's journey to a 100% clean energy future. Led by Senator Dawn Euer and Representative Arthur Handy, the Act puts Rhode Island’s energy system in a strengthened position.

“Energy storage is flexible, reliable, affordable, and will be a game changer for Rhode Island’s power grid,” said Rhode Island State Lead Kat Burnham of national business association Advanced Energy United. “Investing in energy storage technologies will drive economic development and job creation in the clean energy sector.”

“The 2024 Energy Storage Systems Act isn't just about technology—it's about people. It's about creating good, steady jobs and making sure our communities have power when they need it,” said Rhode Island State Senator Dawn Euer. “Rhode Island is committed to a clean energy future and we’re showing how it's done.”

“Especially with the growing threat of extreme weather, this legislation will ensure we have the power we need, when we need it,” added Rhode Island State Representative Art Handy. “We're talking about dependable power, more jobs, and a cleaner environment for everyone. It's a big step forward for our state.”

In Rhode Island and across New England, the electricity system is undergoing a transition to clean energy. Flexible resources such as storage will be essential to deploy more renewable energy and meet future reliability needs. Energy storage is a mature technology that can reduce strain on the electric grid and create opportunities for ratepayer savings.

Key Features of the Energy Storage Systems Act: 

  • Storage Targets: Rhode Island sets goals of 90 megawatts of energy storage by 2026, 195 megawatts by 2028, and 600 megawatts by 2033.
  • Infrastructure Programs: The Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank will develop programs to facilitate energy storage adoption across all sectors.
  • Storage Procurements: Enables the RI Public Utility Commission to require distribution companies to procure cost-effective storage systems.

By signing the Energy Storage Systems Act (Senate Bill 2499 and House Bill 7811), policymakers are delivering on their commitments to grow Rhode Island’s clean economy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Click here to learn more about Advanced Energy United's work advocating for clean energy solutions in Rhode Island and New England.

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Topics: State Policy, Press Releases, Kat Burnham, Rhode Island

Rhode Island Powers Up: New Energy Storage Legislation to Transform Grid

Posted by Savannah Gribbins on Jun 14, 2024

Rhode Island’s General Assembly passed the 2024 Energy Storage Systems Act last night

PROVIDENCE, RI – Advanced Energy United, the national clean energy business association, celebrates the passage of the 2024 Energy Storage Systems Act. This landmark legislation, passed last night, marks a pivotal step in Rhode Island’s journey toward a resilient, 100% clean electricity future. 

“With the passage of this legislation, Rhode Island has taken a critical step towards a clean energy future,” said Advanced Energy United's Rhode Island State Lead Kat Burnham. “This legislation not only positions Rhode Island as a leader in energy innovation but also paves the way for substantial economic growth. Energy storage is the backbone of a reliable clean energy grid, and this legislation ensures that Rhode Island’s grid will be robust and adaptable as we transition towards 100% clean electricity.”

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Topics: Press Releases, Kat Burnham, Rhode Island