Rhode Island and coal

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There are no coal-fired power plants or coal mines in Rhode Island. Rhode Island is one of only two states with no coal-fired power plants; the other is Vermont.[1][2]

In 2005, Rhode Island emitted 10.5 tons of CO2 per person - about half the U.S. average, and the second-lowest level of carbon emissions per capita of any state in the country (after Vermont).[3] In 2005, 97.0% of Rhode Island's electric generating capacity came from natural gas-fired power plants.[1]

Citizen activism


Rhode Island has minor coal reserves, and small-scale coal mining operated in the state around the turn of the century. However, there are no longer any coal mines in the state.[4]

Legislative issues

Proposed coal plants

There are no proposals - either active or cancelled - to build coal-fired power plants in Rhode Island.

Coal lobbying groups

Coal power companies

Existing coal plants

There are no existing coal-fired power plants in Rhode Island.[1]

Major coal mines

There are no coal mines in Rhode Island.[2]

Citizen groups



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Existing Electric Generating Units in the United States, 2005, Energy Information Administration, accessed April 2008.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Coal Production and Number of Mines by State and Mine Type, Energy Information Administration, accessed June 2008.
  3. Rhode Island Energy Consumption Information, eRedux website, accessed June 2008.
  4. New England's Latest Industry in a Rhode Island Coal Mine, New York Times, Aug. 2, 1909.

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