The Rhode Island state government has announced an increase in funding for school districts to reduce energy costs. The Public School Energy Equity Program will receive an additional $10 million, bringing the total budget to $20 million. The funds will enable schools to upgrade their heating, ventilation, lighting, air conditioning systems, and install building automation systems. According to Governor Dan McKee, creating a more comfortable learning environment leads to higher test scores. Additionally, U.S. Sen. Jack Reed noted the initiative will save money for towns and improve students’ quality of life. Officials hope to expand the program to eligible schools statewide, building on the success of the ten schools that have already completed the program.