In 2022, the tiny state of Rhode Island was being fueled by imported natural gas. At 84%, this was the largest share of any state. Fortunately, like its New England neighbors, Rhode Island is also incredibly energy efficient. According to the EIA, it consumes the second-lowest amount of energy on a per capita basis. Wind power is an alternative option to gas—the five-turbine Block Island Wind Farm was the first commercial offshore wind farm in the U.S.—but progress has been slow. So you may also see movement around tidal & marine power.
You can get in on the game by earning your energy degree or certificate from one of Rhode Island’s schools in our listings. In addition to the AS programs for technicians, take a look at what’s happening at URI. It has a strong interest in Offshore Renewable Energy and its coastal institutes & centers are working with NOAA to analyze the effects of offshore wind energy development. Brown University also launched a new Initiative for Sustainable Energy (ISE) in early 2023 that focuses on renewables, efficiency, and sustainable fuels & materials.