Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Community Planning (MCP)


Community Planning and Area Development

First Advisor

John J. Kupa


Presently, there are very little data on local government energy involvement in Rhode Island. The objective of this Thesis Project is to provide information on energy planning in Washington County, Rhode Island. The study describes the current energy situation, the need for local government involvement, and the actual energy activities of five towns and one Community Action Agency within the County. The case studies show what energy activities have been undertaken, the elements influencing choice and implementation of these activities, and barriers experienced by these local governments in their activities. The analysis concludes with recommendations to overcome these barriers.