Update: Offshore Wind bill signed into law by Rhode Island Governor

With legislation, Rhode Island locks in plans to add enough wind power to meet nearly a third of the state's electricity.

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Johanna Neumann
Senior Director, Campaign for 100% Renewable Energy

Author: Johanna Neumann

Senior Director, Campaign for 100% Renewable Energy

(413) 256-6434

On staff: 2001-2003; 2005-present
B.S., Tufts University

Johanna directs strategy and staff for Environment America's energy campaigns at the local, state and national level. In her prior positions, she led the campaign to ban smoking in all Maryland workplaces, helped stop the construction of a new nuclear reactor on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay and helped build the support necessary to pass the EmPOWER Maryland Act, which set a goal of reducing the state’s per capita electricity use by 15 percent. She also currently serves on the board of Community Action Works. Johanna lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with her family, where she enjoys growing dahlias, biking and the occasional game of goaltimate.

Legislation signed into law by Rhode Island Gov. Daniel McKee on Wednesday plans to add enough offshore wind power to supply nearly a third of the state’s electricity needs.

Under the new law, PPL Corp., which operates Rhode Island Energy, is required to buy up to 1,000 megawatts of offshore wind power. The procurement plan for wind will help Rhode Island achieve its ambitious renewable energy goals, including 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2033

Rhode Island has vast offshore wind potential. Wind power alone could power Rhode Island eight times over

"It's exciting to see Rhode Island take bold steps to tap the powerful and steady winds blowing off the Atlantic Coast to produce electricity," said Johanna Neumann, Senior Director of the Campaign for 100% Renewable Energy at Environment America. "This will be a key ingredient for the Ocean State reaching 100% renewable electricity by 2033." 

Johanna Neumann
Senior Director, Campaign for 100% Renewable Energy

Author: Johanna Neumann

Senior Director, Campaign for 100% Renewable Energy

(413) 256-6434

On staff: 2001-2003; 2005-present
B.S., Tufts University

Johanna directs strategy and staff for Environment America's energy campaigns at the local, state and national level. In her prior positions, she led the campaign to ban smoking in all Maryland workplaces, helped stop the construction of a new nuclear reactor on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay and helped build the support necessary to pass the EmPOWER Maryland Act, which set a goal of reducing the state’s per capita electricity use by 15 percent. She also currently serves on the board of Community Action Works. Johanna lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with her family, where she enjoys growing dahlias, biking and the occasional game of goaltimate.