Rhode Island electricity rates in March 2017 averaged 18.01 cents per kilowatthour -- an estimated 40 percent more than the 12.82 cents per kilowatthour average rate in the U.S. overall in March 2017.
Rhode Island natural gas rates in February 2017 averaged 12.72 dollars per thousand cubic feet -- an estimated 27 percent more than the 10.05 dollars per thousand cubic feet average rate in the nation overall in February 2017.
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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