Executive Order 00-12
December 19, 2000
WHEREAS, it is estimated that over 460/000 Rhode Islanders rely on oil for heating during the winter months; and
WHEREAS, the demand for all energy use, including oil, is at historically high levels at the state, regional and national levels; and
WHEREAS, the supply of home heating oil maintained in the State of Rhode Island has continually diminished over the last decade; and
WHEREAS, the Rhode Island home heating oil industry now relies upon "Just in Time" inventory practices to supply homes with heating oil, and therefore significant amounts of oil are not stored within the state; and
WHEREAS, the United States Army Corp of Engineers has yet to initiate the dredging of the Providence River necessary to allow for ocean transport ships to deliver oil into Rhode Island; and
WHEREAS, Rhode Island oil wholesalers and suppliers are heavily dependent upon barges to transport home heating oil; and
WHEREAS, movement of barges in poor weather conditions is risky and uncertain; and
WHEREAS, the combination of Rhode Island's diminishing inventories of home heating oil and the vulnerability of the supply chain to severe weather places Rhode Island at risk for not having adequate supply of heating oil.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, LINCOLN C. ALMOND, by virtue of the power vested in me as Governor of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, do hereby order as follows:
1. There is established a Rhode Island Contingency Oil Reserve Plan. Through the Department of Administration, the State shall purchase the rights to an amount of oil during the months of January and February 2001 to serve as a reserve supply of oil in the event that commercially available supplies are inadequate. This home heating oil supply shall be maintained in Rhode Island during these months, and it will be an amount in excess of expected operating inventories.
This Executive Order shall take effect immediately and shall expire April 1, 2001.