Number Of Clean Energy Jobs Increasing In RI

Jun 13, 2017

The number of clean energy jobs in Rhode Island is up 66 percent since 2014.

A report from the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources says there are 15,305 clean energy jobs in the Ocean State. That’s compared to 9,219 in 2014.

Energy Commissioner Carol Grant said part of the increase is due to higher demand for green energy.

“People have increasingly found that if they invest in efficiency that their electric bills go down, or their gas bills go down, or their oil heating bills go down,” Grant said.  

Grant said jobs in energy efficiency make up the biggest portion of Rhode Island’s clean energy sector.

“Really, helping people retrofit their homes to make them more efficient, put in lighting that’s more efficient, put in weatherization,” Grant said.

In March, Gov. Gina Raimondo set a goal to increase the amount of clean energy in the state to 1,000 megawatts by 2020. That's 10 times the amount from last year, the baseline year for the goal.  

In 2016, a national organization called American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy ranked Rhode Island fourth in the nation for its energy efficiency policies and program efforts.