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Shining Cities

Solar power is on the rise across America—increasing 200-fold in the United States since 2002—and major cities are helping to lead this clean energy revolution. Shining Cities: At the Forefront of America’s Solar Energy Revolution shows that cities from every region of the U.S. are driving solar development with strong public policies – reaping important benefits for the environment, public health, and the economy. By building local solar power, cities can keep more of their energy budget at home and create good local jobs.

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News Release | Environment Rhode Island Research & Policy Center

New report highlights solar energy in Providence and other U.S. cities

With concern growing about the Rhode Island economy's dependence on out-of-state fossil fuels––and the associated environmental and public health consequences of dirty air and global warming pollution––Environment Rhode Island Research & Policy Center released a new report, "Shining Cities: At the Forefront of America’s Solar Energy Revolution." The report provides a first-of-its-kind comparative look at the growth of solar power in major American cities. The report rates Providence a "Solar Beginner"––#39 out of 57 cities ranked.

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News Release | Environment Rhode Island

Environmental groups hail EPA action as biggest step for clean water in a decade

Coming off the biggest step forward for clean water in more than a decade, Environment Rhode Island stood with regional organizations and officials to celebrate the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to restore Clean Water Act protections to waterways across New England and the rest of the country. The EPA’s proposed rule would close loopholes from polluter-led litigation that leave 54% of Rhode Island streams at risk of unchecked pollution.

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News Release | Environment Rhode Island

Rhode Island Solar Jobs Grew 62% in 2013

An estimated 340 people in Rhode Island were employed manufacturing and installing pollution-free solar energy in 2013, according to a national Solar Jobs Census released by The Solar Foundation. This is a 62% increase from 210 jobs one year earlier. However, with even more growth in other states, Rhode Island’s national rank in per capita solar jobs dropped from #21 to #26 since last year’s report.

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News Release | Environment Rhode Island

Rhode Island Takes Action to Reduce Climate-Altering Carbon Pollution

On January 13th, Rhode Island announced improvements to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a pioneering effort to clean up climate-altering carbon pollution from power plants. The changes to the program will reduce power plant pollution in the region by 15 percent with the decade.

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