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Rhode Island’s Pascoag Utility District Recognized for Renewable Energy, Efficiency Efforts

Rhode Island public power utility Pascoag Utility District was recently recognized for its renewable energy and energy efficiency achievements.

The utility was recognized by state officials at the sixth Annual Lead by Example Clean Energy Awards ceremony.

The Pascoag Utility District installed a 3MW/9MWh battery storage system to help avoid over $6 million in large transmission upgrade costs, a news release related to the awards noted.

The project utilized Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank for below-market financing of $1.4 million, a grant from the Office of Energy Resources of $250,000, and a shared savings partnership with storage company Agilitas Energy to support this project.

The following municipality nominees received honors: Town of Warren, City of East Providence, Town of Jamestown, City of Warwick, City of Woonsocket.

On May 9, Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee signed a new Lead by Example Executive Order that updates the state’s clean energy, energy efficiency and emission reduction goals for all state agencies.

Within this Executive Order all state agencies must collaborate with the Office of Energy Resources to implement and promote emission reduction projects, in keeping with the purpose to lead by example in clean energy and sustainability. This upgraded Executive Order sets out new goals in alignment with the 2021 Act on Climate, which sets mandatory, enforceable climate greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals leading the state to achieve net-zero emissions economy-wide by 2050.