Policy Watch

Minnesota Announces Bipartisan Push Toward 50% Renewables

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 27, 2017

Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, D-Minn., has announced a proposal that would boost Minnesota’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) from 25% by 2025 to 50% by 2030. According to an announcement from the office of Smith and Gov. Mark Dayton, Minnesota is [Read More]

Most Oklahomans Support Wind Power, Oppose Wind Tax: Survey Says

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 23, 2017

According to recent surveys commissioned by American Wind Action (AWA), four in five “engaged citizens” in Oklahoma (those who voted in at least three of the last four general elections) have a “favorable” impression of wind, and more than half [Read More]

California Senator Proposes 100% Renewable Energy Goal

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 22, 2017

A bill that seeks to accelerate the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) by five years, as well as establish an ultimate target of 100% renewables, has been proposed in California. S.B.584 was introduced on Feb. 17 by State Sen. Kevin [Read More]

North Dakota Senator Seeks Two-Year Ban On Wind Development

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 21, 2017

Under a bill recently passed by the state’s Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, a North Dakota lawmaker is seeking a two-year moratorium on wind power development. State Sen. Dwight Cook, R-District 34, added an amendment on wind power to [Read More]

Lawmakers Propose ITC Extension That Would Benefit Distributed Wind

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 16, 2017

A bill that would provide a multiyear extension of the investment tax credit (ITC), including for small-scale wind power and other clean energy technology, has been re-introduced by bipartisan lawmakers. U.S. Reps. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., and Mike Thompson, D-Calif., have [Read More]

How Wind Energy Can Power Trump’s ‘America First’ Policies

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Written by Helmut Herold on February 16, 2017

Nope, it’s not a pipe dream: The rapidly flourishing wind industry could help the new administration fulfill its economic and industrial policies.

Two Cities In The Four Corners Commit To 100% Renewables

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 15, 2017

This week, Pueblo, Colo., and Moab, Utah, became the 22nd and 23rd cities in the U.S. to commit to a transition to 100% renewable energy, according to the Sierra Club. On Monday, the Pueblo City Council approved a measure to [Read More]

Governors To Trump: Here’s What We Need For Renewables Industry

Written by Betsy Lillian on February 14, 2017

The Governors’ Wind & Solar Energy Coalition, a renewable energy advocacy group headed by bipartisan Govs. Gina Raimondo, D-R.I., and Sam Brownback, R-Kan., is pleading with President Donald Trump and his administration to support and further grow the U.S.’ renewables [Read More]

Kauai Island Utility Cooperative Beefs Up Renewables Goal

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 13, 2017

The board of directors of the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) in Hawaii recently set a goal of reaching 70% renewable energy by 2030. The target is part of an update to KIUC’s strategic plan for 2008-2023, which set an [Read More]

Maine Legislator Proposes Bill Against Floating Offshore Wind Farm

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 09, 2017

State Sen. Dana Dow, R-Maine, has proposed a bill to prevent an offshore wind test area from being built near Maine’s Monhegan Island, which the lawmaker calls a “place of rugged beauty” that is “free from commercial development and the [Read More]