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  • In May 2017, the first U.S. offshore wind farm began operating off Block Island. Wind power provided 2% of Rhode Island's net generation in 2021.
  • Rhode Island consumes the second-lowest amount energy on a per capita basis, after Hawaii, and is among the 10 states that use the least amount of energy per dollar of gross domestic product (GDP).
  • About 29% of Rhode Island households use heating oil as their primary source for home heating, which is 7 times more than the U.S. rate. The 1-million-barrel Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve can help offset supply disruptions in the region.
  • In 2021, natural gas fueled 87% of Rhode Island's electricity net generation, the largest share of any state.
  • Rhode Island ranks last among the states in total petroleum consumption and second-lowest, after New York, in petroleum use on a per capita basis.

Last Updated: October 20, 2022

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