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Rhode Island Progressive Democrats: Planning has begun on a first-of-its-kind blueprint for a Cranston Renewable Energy Utility



Ocean State Community Energy has started work on a first-of-its-kind blueprint for a solar, tidal, and onshore wind utility in Cranston, Rhode Island.

The plan will take eight weeks to finish and will be completed by November 1. The Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America (RIPDA) are funding the plan which will cost $26,000.

The plan will be scalable and use the latest innovations in renewable energy, microgrid, and energy storage technology. It will build on existing city infrastructure and preserve Cranston’s green space.

The goal of the project is to generate 200 percent of the energy that Cranston needs and create a new source of income for the city by selling the excess energy. It will also develop a model that all Rhode Island municipalities can follow.

“Imagine,” said RIPDA State Coordinator Nate Carpenter, “what the economic impact would be if Rhode Island could keep a minimum of $3B in our state every year. What if we could keep $6B in state? All while properly addressing climate change.”

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The Rhode Island Progressive Democrats have raised 30 percent of the plan’s cost and continue to fund raise. Visit to donate and learn more.

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