Sen. Bill Conley's Work Recognized For Promoting RI's Renewable Energy Industry

May 4, 2017

Democratic Sen. Bill Conley of East Providence is leading Rhode Island’s clean energy industry in the right direction, according to a regional organization that works to grow the green energy economy. 

The Northeast Clean Energy Council named Conley a Champion of Clean Energy last Thursday at the Statehouse in observance of Rhode Island Clean Energy Day.

“He’s been a continuous advocate and a tireless champion for our issues in the clean energy industry,” Jamie Dickerson, policy analyst at the Northeast Clean Energy Council, said.

Conley was recognized for introducing a bill this session that proposes to extend the Renewable Energy Growth Program, a program that pays renewable energy projects for the power they produce. 

“It’s a program that’s already working really well, and we think Rhode Island will be, sort of, the envy of the region to lock in such a successful policy for ten more years," Dickerson said.

Conley was also recognized for the passage of his 2014 Resilient Rhode Island Act, which set goals to reduce the level of statewide greenhouse gas emissions. 

Conley said Rhode Island is a national leader in addressing renewable energy issues, but the state needs a carbon pricing policy to continue the trend away from fossil fuels.