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Rhode Island Energy Plan

Date Last Updated11/28/2012
Policy TypeState Energy Plan
Policy Administrator/Contact OfficeRhode Island State Planning Council
Policy Initiation Date8/8/2002
Policy SummaryThe State Planning Council adopted the Rhode Island Energy Plan on August 8, 2002, identifying the state's key energy issues and setting forth policies and actions to deal with them. CHP is incorporated. The Plan lists a number of policy recommendations related to CHP that are organized by topic area and are as follows:

Economic Competitiveness
  • "State policy should encourage cogeneration, disgen including self-generation, and renewable projects that provide significant amounts of thermal energy while producing electricity for commercial, industrial and institutional facilities."
  • "State policy should continue to support small and medium sized cogeneration facilities. The following recommendations should be continued and periodically reviewed and improved upon, as energy efficient and environmentally sound:
    a. The generation facility should be located in close proximity to the customers' (or customer's) facility;
    b. At least 25% of the total annual energy output of a cogeneration facility should be in the form of thermal (heating or cooling) or other useful energy, including mechanical;
    c. A process should be established to reimburse the state sales tax on cogeneration equipment that meets the aforementioned criteria."
  • "The state should examine and, if possible, encourage policies in which utilities become direct partners in community economic development efforts, promoting compact development wherever practical to support cogeneration, self-generation, renewable, and other efficient technologies."
  • "The rate that the utilities charge to provide back-up service when on-site generators are "down" should fairly compensate the utilities for this service, but should not be a financial disincentive to developing distributed generation."
  • "Through an Executive Order, the Governor should direct all state agencies to adopt, wherever feasible, energy saving systems such as cogeneration, fuel cells, renewables, microturbines cooling, water conservation, energy conservation, and fuel optimization."
Energy Security
  • "State policy should encourage the development of an electric distribution system including independent cogeneration to provide increased reliability as new capacity is needed."
CHP Eligibility RequirementsDoes Not Specify
Eligible Project Size (MW)Does Not Specify
Minimum Efficiency Required/
Other Performance Requirements
>25% of the total energy output should be useful thermal or mechanical energy.
Resource Website(s) http://www.energy.ri.gov/energyplan/index.php exit EPA

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