Rhode Island government agencies are among the state’s top energy consumers, spending about $35 million a year on energy bills.
Gov. Gina Raimondo signed an executive order to reduce that energy consumption. She’s committing state agencies to get 100 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2025 and to reduce energy consumption by 10 percent by 2019.
“So in doing this, not only are we going to be able to save taxpayers money, and also put people to work, but it’s just the right thing to do,” said Raimondo. “I mean, climate change is a reality and we need to step up to the plate.”
Raimondo said government agencies will be able to achieve these goals through a range of initiatives. That includes switching vehicles in the state fleet to electric ones and powering their buildings from solar and wind sources.
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