Back to All Programs

Last Updated July 14, 2023

Program Overview


Regulatory Policy


Rhode Island

Incentive Type:

Energy Standards for Public Buildings



Start Date:


Expiration Date:


Web Site:


Applicable Sectors:


Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:



In December 2015, Governor Raimondo issued executive order 15-17 establishing a renewable energy and an energy efficiency goal for State facilities. In May 2023, Governor Daniel J. McKee issued executive order 23-06 which updates the states energy efficiency and emissions reductions goals. The order directs state agencies to Reduce emissions from a 2014 baseline associated with the burning of onsite fossil fuels at buildings and in vehicles by 40% by 2030, by 70% by 2040, and by 95% by 2050. Further, the order requires that state owned buildings reduce their energy use intensity (EUI) from a 2014 baseline by 20% by 2030, 30% by 2040, and 40% by 2050.

The Office of Energy Resources (OER) will oversee and coordinate efforts at the state agencies through the Lead by Example program (LBE). The energy use for State agencies and their progress towards reaching their goals will be made publicly available. By December 31, 2023, LBE must develop methodology in coordination with the Department of Environmental Management to account and track GHG emissions at for state agencies. Subsequently, LBE must report annually on progress toward meeting the targets and objectives outlined in executive order 23-06. The executive order is limited only to state facilities in Rhode Island.

By the end of the calendar year 2030, LBE will revisit the targets outlined by executive order 23-06 and assess whether new or revised goals are appropriate for setting additional targets or objectives prior to 2050.