Policy Watch

U.S. Senators Propose 100% Clean Energy By 2050

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 28, 2017

U.S. Sens. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., along with U.S. Sens. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., have proposed landmark climate change legislation that would transition the U.S. to 100% clean energy. The “100 by ’50 [Read More]

How Policy Can Help Overcome Wind Siting Barriers In The Northeast

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Written by Mike O'Boyle & Eleanor Stein on April 25, 2017

Northeastern U.S. states have ambitious renewable energy goals, but will barriers to siting new wind generation and transmission in a land-constrained region stymie their efforts?

City Of South Lake Tahoe Makes 100% Renewables Pledge

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 19, 2017

South Lake Tahoe, Calif., has become the 26th city in the U.S. and the latest in a growing coalition of mountain communities to officially commit to 100% renewable energy, according to the Sierra Club. On Tuesday, the South Lake Tahoe [Read More]

Done Deal: Oklahoma’s Wind Tax Credits Are Ending Soon

Betsy Lillian
Written by Betsy Lillian on April 18, 2017

Citing “challenging budgetary circumstances,” Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has put her signature to legislation that will kill wind production tax credits a few years early.

AWEA, Clean Energy Groups Back Proposed FERC Changes

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 17, 2017

A number of clean energy groups, including the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), are voicing their support for proposed interconnection changes by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to improve the efficiency and transparency of interconnection requests, as well as [Read More]

IRS Boosts Wind PTC To Adjust For Inflation

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Written by David K. Burton on April 12, 2017

The feds have announced an inflation adjustment increase in wind production tax credits from 2.3 cents/kWh to 2.4 cents/kWh.

Oklahoma Senate Green-Lights Early Sunset Of Wind Tax Credits

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 11, 2017

Having passed both the House and Senate, a bill ending Oklahoma’s wind tax credits on July 1 now heads to the desk of the governor, who proposed the early sunset in the first place.

NRDC: Wind And Solar Tax Credits Bringing ‘Huge Gains’ To U.S. Economy

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 04, 2017

The U.S.’ federal tax credit extensions for renewable energy are leading to new wind and solar projects that will create more than 220,000 jobs and add nearly $23 billion to the U.S. economy this year alone, according to new findings [Read More]

Ohio House Green-Lights Repeal Of Renewables Mandate

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 03, 2017

Here we go again: Only a few months after Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio, vetoed a similar bill, Ohio lawmakers have advanced new legislation to repeal the state’s renewable energy mandate. In June 2014, Ohio became the first U.S. state to [Read More]

Trump Fires Executive Order At Obama’s Clean Power Plan

Betsy Lillian
Written by Betsy Lillian on March 28, 2017

Just as he vowed to do, President Donald Trump has issued a review of the Obama administration’s landmark emissions-reduction initiative. However, it’s not doomsday for the renewables industry, some groups say.