Two months ago the Governor vetoed legislation that would have achieved just this:
PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Rhode Island’s utility regulators will consider whether the state’s largest electricity distributor should be forced to buy renewable energy for decades at a time.
As I’ve said before, while the bill that was before the Assembly this year was imperfect — in that it was a compromise between several interests — it was a huge step forward. Fine and dandy if the Governor’s newest avenue actually manifests in tangible results. Either way, the key point remains: Rhode Island must act expeditiously if it’s going to be the leader it could be in off-shore wind and other renewable generation.