Rhode Island is the smallest state and holds invaluable open spaces. Can renewables be developed in adjacent states with greater areas for development?
Pushing the burden of renewable energy siting on other states is an action that fails to take responsibility for sustainable development. For an issue as pervasive and deleterious as climate change, sacrifice is necessary by all parties. That said, steps must be taken with utmost care to maximize conservation and minimize habitat fragmentation.
I. Some of the renewable electricity consumed in Rhode Island is drawn from other states under the ISO-NE regime.
II. Relying on out-of-state development exports the issues surrounding conservation, reduces Rhode Island’s energy independence and employment opportunities, and adds costs for Rhode Island ratepayers.
III. Transmission infrastructure that carries electricity between states is costly. Rhode Island would benefit from sourcing its electricity locally.