Policy Watch

Colorado Town Pledges 100% Renewable Energy

Posted by Joseph Bebon on August 16, 2017

On Tuesday, the Nederland, Colo., city council unanimously voted to power Nederland with 100% clean, renewable energy by 2025. The vote came shortly after the cities of Orlando, Fla., and Nevada City, Calif., established similar goals last week. According to [Read More]

Yet Another U.S. City Commits To 100% Renewable Energy

Posted by Betsy Lillian on August 14, 2017

Last Thursday, just days after Orlando, Fla., established a similar goal, Nevada City, Calif., joined the growing list of U.S. cities that are officially committed to transition to 100% clean, renewable energy. Surrounded by city council members, key members of [Read More]

Fifty Entities Urge N.C. Governor To Take Action On Offshore Wind

Posted by Betsy Lillian on August 11, 2017

On Wednesday, 50 elected officials, small businesses, community groups and environmental organizations sent a letter to Gov. Roy Cooper, D-N.C., to urge him to embrace offshore wind as a key part of North Carolina’s energy plan. According to signee Environment [Read More]

Clean Power Plan Litigation Suspended For 60 More Days

Posted by Joseph Bebon on August 10, 2017

On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit announced that long-pending litigation over the Clean Power Plan (CPP), an Obama administration policy establishing the first-ever regulations on carbon pollution from existing U.S. power plants, will [Read More]

Orlando Votes Yes On 100% Renewable Energy

Posted by Joseph Bebon on August 09, 2017

On Tuesday, the Orlando, Fla., city commission unanimously approved a resolution establishing a goal to transition Orlando to 100% clean and renewable energy by 2050. According to the Sierra Club, Orlando is now the largest city in Florida to make [Read More]

How Have Climate And Renewables Policies Affected California’s Inland Empire?

Posted by Betsy Lillian on August 03, 2017

A new study on the economic effects of existing climate and clean energy policies in California’s Inland Empire estimates a net benefit of $9.1 billion in direct economic activity and 41,000 net direct jobs from 2010 to 2016. When accounting [Read More]

U.S. Senators Propose Bipartisan Bill For Offshore Wind Tax Credits

Posted by Betsy Lillian on August 02, 2017

U.S. Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Tom Carper, D-Del., have introduced a bill that would create an investment tax credit (ITC) redeemable for the first 3 GW of offshore wind facilities placed into service in the U.S. According to the [Read More]

N.C. Governor OKs Wind Moratorium – And Then Signs Order Mitigating It

Posted by Betsy Lillian on July 28, 2017

Citing the importance of the legislation for the solar industry, Gov. Roy Cooper, D-N.C., has signed into law H.B.589, an energy bill that establishes a moratorium on new wind farm permits through 2018. However, making it clear that he opposes [Read More]

‘Arbitrary’ Transmission Fee Threatens Montana Wind Development

Posted by Betsy Lillian on July 27, 2017

Montana’s Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) has proposed retaining an extra transmission fee that the Sierra Club says is a key obstacle in keeping Montana wind developers from starting new projects in the state. According to the group, BPA Administrator Elliot [Read More]

Challenge To N.Y.’s Clean Energy Standard Thrown Out In Federal Court

Posted by Joseph Bebon on July 26, 2017

A federal court says that New York’s plan to advance clean energy and reduce climate pollution is constitutional, according to the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). On Tuesday, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed a [Read More]