Rhode Island electricity rates in December 2016 averaged 18.39 cents per kilowatthour -- an estimated 51 percent more than the 12.21 cents per kilowatthour average rate in the U.S. overall in December 2016.
Rhode Island natural gas rates in November 2016 averaged 14.27 dollars per thousand cubic feet -- an estimated 33 percent more than the 10.76 dollars per thousand cubic feet average rate in the nation overall in November 2016.
The NREL recently assessed the state of solar in the U.S. and found that rooftop has the potential to power nearly two-fifths of the nation.
Last year was a record-breaking one for solar power generation in the U.S., and 2016 looks to have an even brighter future, the SEIA said.
For the first time ever, natural gas is expected to surpass coal as an electricity generating source in the United States.
Rhode Island has an estimated population of 1,052,567, which ranks 45th in the nation. 
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