Renewable Heating & Cooling

Led by the Office of Energy Resources (OER) and the Division of Public Utilities and Carriers (DPUC), efforts related to the “Heating Sector Transformation” will advance Rhode Island's development of clean, affordable, and reliable heating technologies.

Calculate Your Switch to Clean Heating and Cooling

Does Renewable = Carbon Neutral?

Sometimes.

Renewable heating and cooling is generated from a fuel or energy source that can be renewed, meaning there is not a limited supply, like there is with fossil fuels. Electric heating and cooling that is powered by wind or solar energy is considered renewable because wind and solar are not limited resources. Biofuels, such as wood and wood pellets, are renewable because they are made from plant or waste matter, that continues to regrow. Since some renewables, such as biofuel and wood-based fuels require burning, not all renewables are emissions free. Electric heating and cooling that comes from ‘clean’ renewables such as wind and solar power are carbon neutral, because the electricity is produced without burning fuels, which release CO2 and other stronger greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

If you want to know more about Rhode Island’s goal for carbon neutral heating by 2050, check out the Heating Sector Transformation report.

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Contact Us

Anika Kreckel
Thermal Decarbonization Program Manager
Anika.kreckel.ctr@energy.ri.gov