Policy Watch

Grassley Pleads With Treasury Secretary For Smooth Wind PTC Phase-Out

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 20, 2017

At yesterday’s confirmation hearing for Steven Mnuchin, now-President Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, made a plea for a “smooth transition” of the five-year phase-out of the federal wind [Read More]

530 Companies, 100 Investors Push For Low-Carbon U.S.

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 10, 2017

More than 530 companies and 100 investors – from Fortune 500 firms to small, family-owned businesses – are calling on the Trump administration and Congress to support policies to accelerate a low-carbon future in order to help curb climate change. [Read More]

AWEA Calls For Veto Override Of Maryland Clean Energy Bill

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 05, 2017

The sponsors of Maryland’s Clean Energy Jobs Act, vetoed last year by Gov. Larry Hogan, joined other state lawmakers and renewable energy stakeholders yesterday at the Maryland State House to call for a veto override of the bill. The Clean [Read More]

Md.’s 2017 Environmental Plan Includes Renewables, Green Jobs Initiatives

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 04, 2017

Gov. Larry Hogan, R-Md., has announced the state’s 2017 environmental agenda, which includes initiatives to grow jobs in green industries, invest in renewable energy resources, promote the use of electric vehicles and promote clean water commerce. Hogan’s 2017 Environmental Package [Read More]

States Speak Out To Trump On EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 03, 2017

A coalition of 19 states and localities, led by New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, has called on President-elect Donald Trump to continue the federal government’s defense of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan (CPP). In [Read More]

State Gov. Blocks Bill Passage To End Clean Energy Freeze

Posted by Lauren Tyler on December 28, 2016

Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio, has vetoed a bill that would have effectively extended the two-year “freeze” on Ohio’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard (AEPS). Environmental and renewable energy groups applaud the governor for following through on his commitment to block the [Read More]

Coal Instead Of Wind In Oklahoma? Sierra Club Fights Back In Court

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 22, 2016

The Sierra Club has filed its opening brief with the Oklahoma Supreme Court in an effort to overturn a decision by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC) that approves Oklahoma Gas & Electric’s (OG&E) proposal to spend $500 million to retrofit [Read More]

Michigan Legislators Green-Light Increased Renewables Standard

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 19, 2016

Following eleventh hour negotiations on Thursday, Michigan legislators approved a comprehensive energy reform package, which, among other actions, will expand the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS). Gov. Rick Snyder, who helped broker the deal, is expected to sign the legislation [Read More]

Feds Release Long-Anticipated Final Rule For Eagle Take Permits

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 15, 2016

The American Bird Conservancy says it remains concerned about the lack of incentives for wind energy companies to comply with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s voluntary guidelines on eagle take.

Hundreds Urge Congress To Back 100% Renewable Energy

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 15, 2016

In a new letter, over 450 organizations, local officials, academics, civic leaders and businesses have urged members of the U.S. Congress to support a national 100% renewable energy goal. The letter comes shortly after Sens. Edward Markey, D-Mass., and Jeff [Read More]