EPA (Via Its Standards) Says Renewable Energy Offers RI Very Poor Cost-Benefit Return

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It is well but perhaps not as widely known as would be desirable for a fully informed discussion on the subject that renewable energy is far more expensive than conventional (fossil fuel) energy sources. Further to this point, the RI Center for Freedom and Prosperity has released a report with the helpfully descriptive title: “Renewable Energy in Rhode Island: Big Cost, Little Difference”. (Link to the full report in PDF here.)

The report points out that by the EPA’s own standards, the cost of Rhode Island abating carbon from its energy supply would far exceed the benefits that would accrue to the state.

Because of this poor cost-benefit “value proposition,” up to five times less than the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)–suggested standard, Rhode Island should reconsider its existing energy policy approach.

Let’s repeat this very important point and its source. By the measure of the EPA, not exactly a research arm of the vast right-wing conspiracy, it simply is not worth it, in terms of the carbon that would be abated, for Rhode Island to put renewable energy on its grid.

With this information, elected officials – Governor Raimondo and members of the General Assembly – can no longer in good conscience advocate or vote for renewable energy in Rhode Island. In fact, just the opposite, as the Center calls for: renewable energy mandates must be rolled back.

Based on this study’s findings, the Center strongly recommends that lawmakers reject all proposed new energy mandates in 2016 and, instead, repeal those that are currently written into law.



  • Northern Exposure

    I’m sure our great leaders believe we can make up for the unit loss with greater volume! More turbines off the coast!!! NOW!

  • Raymond Carter

    Don’t you rayzist zenerphobes know if we don’t go green now we’ll all be under water this time next year.
    Just ask Sheldon and his “lovely” (LOL) wife.

  • Ken

    The good news is U.S. Department of Energy,after witnessing the wholesale raping of Rhode Island ratepayers by National Grid and Deepwater Wind 5 turbine demonstration offshore windfarm which is sending power directly to RI mainland and then back out to Block Island, has applied new rules related to federal tax credits to offshore windfarms and power purchase price agreements that require prices no higher than 10 cents/kWh in order to receive federal tax credits; currently only offshore wind in U.S.A. to meet that criteria is Aqua Ventus of Maine created, copyrighted and patented by the University of Maine with floating turbines that will last estimated 100 years made of non-rusting concrete and light-weight structural composite materials that can support a 6MW turbine.

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