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Rhode Island   Rhode Island Profile

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  • In May 2017, the first U.S. offshore wind farm began operating off Block Island, and the amount of wind-powered electricity  generated in Rhode Island in 2019 was nearly 23 times greater than in 2015.
  • Rhode Island consumes less energy on a per capita basis than any other state and it is among the 10 states that use the least amount of energy per dollar of gross domestic product (GDP).
  • Rhode Island’s Port of Providence, a major deep water port in New England, is a key regional hub for transportation and heating fuel products.
  • Rhode Island generates a larger share of its electricity from natural gas than any other state. In 2019, natural gas fueled 91% of Rhode Island's electricity net generation.
  • Rhode Island's total emissions of carbon dioxide were the second-lowest among all the states in 2017.

Last Updated: August 20, 2020

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