Home to over 400 miles of shoreline and the nation's first offshore windfarm, Rhode Island is a national leader in the fight against climate change. Raimondo has invested in clean energy job growth over her first two years as Governor, and since 2014, the state has seen a 66 percent increase in jobs in this sector. In the first year of Governor Raimondo's administration alone, the state created nearly 4,000 clean energy jobs--more than doubling projections.
Under Governor Raimondo's leadership, Rhode Island has taken meaningful steps to create a more sustainable and renewable future, including:
-Established aggressive goals to increase in-state renewable energy tenfold by 2020 and double the state's clean energy economy to 20,000 jobs by 2020;
-Issued an Executive Order requiring Rhode Island to lead by example in energy efficiency and clean energy, including committing state government to obtaining 100% renewable energy by 2025;
-Signed into law a comprehensive package of progressive energy reforms;
-Invested $35 million into the state's green economy through a dedicated bond;
-Created the RI Infrastructure Bank, a public green bank dedicated to clean energy finance;
-Created a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program to allow homeowners and businesses to finance cost-effective energy efficiency and renewable upgrades;
-Established the Efficient Building Fund, which has provided over $17 million in financing for public buildings over its first year of operation; and
-Built detailed maps of vulnerability to sea-level rise and storm surges in order to focus attention on resiliency and target resources on climate adaptation.