Rhode Island electricity rates in August 2017 averaged 17.79 cents per kilowatthour -- an estimated 35 percent more than the 13.19 cents per kilowatthour average rate in the U.S. overall in August 2017.
Rhode Island natural gas rates in August 2017 averaged 20.19 dollars per thousand cubic feet -- an estimated 12 percent more than the 18.09 dollars per thousand cubic feet average rate in the nation overall in August 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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