Lobster Bake Recap & Biodiesel Legislation Update

Thank you to everyone who attended our annual lobster bake!


Rhode Island Biodiesel Update

Biodiesel Legislation H5132/S357

Biodiesel Products (H5132/S357) Sub A was unopposed in both the House and Senate committees and continued to both Chamber floors for vote and passage. Thanks to our sponsors Representative Deb Ruggiero and Senator V. Susan Sosnowski for their support. Governor Dan McKee signed this bill on August 17, 2021. The major benefits that made this bill happen include:

Common Sense Legislation

The bill aligns with the evolution and the direction of our industry, including the Providence Resolution that improved the industry’s environmental profile by committing to net-zero emissions by 2050.

Healthy Outcomes

Working towards better air quality with biodiesel products has multifold benefits for public health, the economy, and the environment.

Supports a Green Economy

Biodiesel products turn waste into renewable energy, using byproducts that would otherwise go to landfills and are delivered by multi-generational businesses that provide comfort to communities and highly skilled trade careers.

Aligns with Related Legislation

This bill supports the statutory requirements of the 2021 Act on Climate signed into law on April 10, 2021.  Economy-wide enforceable targets for greenhouse gas emissions reductions are as follows: 10% below 1990 levels by 2020, 45% below 1990 levels by 2030, 80% below 1990 levels by 2040, and net-zero emissions by 2050. Additionally, increasing the renewable content of heating fuel through this bill helps Rhode Island meet its greenhouse gas emission statutory requirements and study results stated in the 2019 Executive Order 19-06.

Energy diversity and security are essential to the health and well-being of all, and we are excited to see this bill pass to help our state, our businesses, and our customers.


Join Us at the HEAT Show’s Legends Award Ceremony

We are pleased to announce that Roberta Fagan has been chosen as this year’s Rhode Island recipient of the 2021 NEFI Legends Award, which honors female industry leaders.

Join us as we honor leading women in energy, live at the HEAT Show, Tuesday, September 14, 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. in Ledyard, CT.


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