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Lawmaker tries to steer investments toward renewable energy

Lawmaker tries to steer investments toward renewable energy (WJAR)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A state lawmaker wants to require fossil fuel plant developers to invest in renewable energy.

Democratic state Sen. Joshua Miller introduced a bill to require anyone who seeks to build a power plant that uses fossil fuel as its primary or secondary fuel to also build or invest in renewable energy generation in Rhode Island.

Rhode Island aims to increase the amount of clean energy in the state tenfold by the end of 2020. The state's goal is to secure 1,000 megawatts of renewable energy resources, including wind, solar and hydropower.

Miller, a Democrat whose district includes parts of Cranston and Warwick, says that if the state is truly committed to a sustainable future, it must start steering investments more toward renewable sources and away from fossil fuels.

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