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April 8, 2013

State Renewable Energy Policy Developments – March Recap

Pierre Bull, NRDC  •    •  Posted 2013-04-08 11:52:22

Attacks on state renewable energy deployment policies continue in at least twenty-twostates. However the news is not all bad with a near equal balance of states presenting opportunities to expand, strengthen or improve existing renewable energy policies. For fellow energy policy wonks out there, the North Carolina Solar Center posted this handycompendium of all state-level renewable and clean energy legislative developments taking place in 2013. [ read more … ]

North Carolina edges closer to repeal of renewable portfolio standard

Felicity Carus, PV-Tech  •    •  Posted 2013-04-08 11:52:42

The Commerce and Job Development Subcommittee on Energy and Emerging Markets on Wednesday voted 11 to 10 to amend House Bill 298, which aims to revoke the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (REPS). REPS mandates North Carolina’s utilities to obtain renewable energy power and energy efficiency savings of 3% of prior-year electricity sales in 2012, 6% in 2015, 10% in 2018, and 12.5% in 2021. REPS legislation was passed in 2007 and allow costs to be recovered through the ratebase at capped rates: $12 for residential customers in 2012; $150 for commercial customers; $1,000 for industrial customers. [ read more … ]

NY Renewable Energy Study Finds New York Could Soon Be Powered By Wind, Water And Sunlight

By MICHAEL HILL, AP  •    •  Posted 2013-04-08 11:54:23

A new study says New York could get the power it needs from wind, water and sunlight by 2030 with a concerted push, though the state’s decade-long effort to significantly boost green energy shows how challenging that could be. The study, led by researchers from Stanford and Cornell universities, provides a theoretical road map to how New Yorkers could rely on renewable energy within 17 years. It would require massive investments in wind turbines, solar panels and more from the windy shores off Long Island to sun-exposed rooftops upstate. [ read more … ]

Interior chief sees many wind farms in US future

  •    •  Posted 2013-04-08 11:54:42

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar voiced optimism Friday that the nation’s first offshore wind farm will soon break ground after more than a decade of delays and be followed by more off the Atlantic coast. “I think there’s a good chance it will happen before the end of the year,” Salazar said of the Cape Wind project. Speaking in an AP interview a few weeks before he leaves office, he also claimed gains as secretary in tightening oversight of offshore drilling after the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. “I think the coziness with industry that was there when I came into the department is gone,” he said.

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Mass. delegation urges DOE to approve Cape Wind loan guarantee

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-04-08 11:54:58

A decade-in-the-making offshore wind project that has found its pursuit of federal financing assistance caught in the crossfire of House Republicans received some backup today from its home-state congressional delegation. Massachusetts’ two senators and nine House members — all Democrats — are asking the Department of Energy to swiftly approve a loan guarantee for Cape Wind, the planned 130-turbine wind farm offshore Cape Cod that has been in development since 2001. [ read more … ]

Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.