Berkely Lab Study Finds RPS Policies Save Money

Joanna Schroeder

In 2013, there were $2.2 billion in benefits from reduced greenhouse gas emissions and $5.2 billion came from reductions in other air pollution for states with renewable portfolio standards (RFS) according to a new study. “A Retrospective Analysis of the Benefits and Impacts of U.S. Renewable Portfolio Standards,” evaluates the benefits and other impacts of RPS policies and was conduced …

Electricity, Environment, Renewable Electricty Standard (RES)

Renewable Energy Future Postcard

Joanna Schroeder

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) has released a new paper, “Hawai’i at the Energy Crossroads“. The report highlights the fight in Hawai’i to control and harness it’s vast renewable energy resources including solar energy. The paper demonstrates the choice between utility-promoted strategies and the distributed energy resources that are gaining ground on their own. The report also provides a …

Clean Energy, Electricity, Renewable Electricty Standard (RES), Renewable Energy, Solar

Dems Webb & O’Malley Take the Soapbox

Joanna Schroeder

Democratic hopeful presidential candidates Jim Webb and Martin O’Malley both appeared on the Des Moines Register’s Presidential Soapbox yesterday afternoon speaking to hundreds of Iowans attending the Iowa State Fair. They have some fundamental issues in common, including both the need for better education and to bring the American dream, aka the economy, back to Americans. While Webb’s plans to …

Agribusiness, Audio, biofuels, Clean Energy, Ethanol, Iowa State Fair, Nuclear Energy, Renewable Electricty Standard (RES), RFS, Wind

Colorado’s RPS Going Forward

Joanna Schroeder

Colorado’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) is going forward. The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the constitutionality of the legislation stating the RPS does not impose unlawful regulations on out-of-state companies. In their written opinion, the judges determined that Colorado’s RPS would not harm interstate commerce. Current state law requires electric generators to ensure that a percentage of the …

Clean Energy, Electricity, Renewable Electricty Standard (RES), Solar, Wind

EFS Offering Hawaii Homeowners Solar Financing

Joanna Schroeder

Energy Finance Solutions (EFS) has partnered with the State of Hawaii’s Green Energy Market Securitization (GEMS) Program to help make clean energy improvements accessible to Hawaii utility customers. EFS has developed financing options that make the purchase and installation of solar photovoltaic systems simple and affordable for Hawaii residents. “Often, utility customers want to install solar, but the upfront installation …

Clean Energy, Electricity, Renewable Electricty Standard (RES), Solar

Sen Klobuchar: Time to Govern by Opportunity

Joanna Schroeder

Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) keynoted the opening session of the BioEnergy 2015: Opportunities in a Changing Energy Landscape conference in Washington, D.C. During her remarks, she noted it isn’t an easy time to be in Washington in terms of energy policy and the country has “lost opportunities” in energy policy since 9-11. Sen Klobuchar explained that in the summer of …

advance biofuels, Audio, BioEnergy Conf, Clean Energy, Renewable Electricty Standard (RES), Renewable Energy, RFS

New CESA Clean Energy Report Available

Joanna Schroeder

The Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) has released a new report, “Clean Energy Champions: The Importance of State Programs and Policies“. The report provides a comprehensive look at the ways in which states are supporting clean energy as well as offers suggestions on how to further encourage growth. The report includes 31 case studies form 22 states covering various clean …

Clean Energy, Renewable Electricty Standard (RES), Research

EWEA Calls for RES Targets to be Met

Joanna Schroeder

According to a new paper released by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), the European Commission needs new controls to ensure the EU meets its 27 percent RES target by 2030. The EU must have benchmarks in place by December 2015 that will provide indications for Member States on reaching the EU-wide target. Member States must set their individual commitments …

Electricity, International, Renewable Electricty Standard (RES), Wind

How Renewables Fit in Clean Power Plan

Joanna Schroeder

How will the electricity energy mix change with the implementation of the Clean Power Plan? This question was reviewed in the latest Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Today in Energy. Using the Annual Energy Outlook 2015 (AEO2015) as the baseline, the main compliance strategy to lower emissions rates as the proposed rule comes into effect is to increase natural gas-fired generation …

Clean Energy, Clean Power Plan, Electricity, Renewable Electricty Standard (RES), Renewable Energy, Solar, Wind

Sen Udall & Friends Unveil National RES Bill

Joanna Schroeder

U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and friends, Edward Markey (D-MA), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) has introduced a national Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) they say will pump nearly $300 billion into the economy while combating climate change. The bill would require utilities to generate 30 percent of their …

biomass, Clean Energy, Climate Change, Electricity, Geothermal, Renewable Electricty Standard (RES), Solar, Wind