Policy Watch

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]

New Hampshire Shuts Down Renewables Rebate Programs ‘Until Further Notice’

Posted by Betsy Lillian on July 25, 2017

New Hampshire’s Public Utilities Commission, concerned about the state’s fiscal year 2018 budget, says the wind and solar rebate programs themselves may also face changes.

Wind Group: Anti-Offshore Measure In Maryland ‘Highly Unlikely’ To Become Law

Posted by Betsy Lillian on July 25, 2017

In response to a recently approved anti-offshore-wind amendment in the Interior and Environment Appropriations bill, Liz Burdock, executive director of the Business Network for Offshore Wind, believes the measure is “highly unlikely” to be signed into law with the bill. [Read More]

100% Clean Energy Bills Now Proposed In Both House And Senate

Posted by Betsy Lillian on July 21, 2017

The House version of a landmark 100% clean energy bill rolled out earlier this year has been introduced by U.S. Reps. Jared Polis, D-Colo.; Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz.; Jared Huffman, D-Calif.; and Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash. According to the lawmakers, the “100 [Read More]

S.D. County Residents Vote To Keep Strict Wind Turbine Ordinance In Place

Posted by Betsy Lillian on July 20, 2017

Citizens of Lincoln County, S.D., have voted to keep in place an ordinance that requires future wind turbines to be built at least half a mile away from homes. Following pleas from advocacy group Farmers and Friends of Wind and [Read More]

Washington Regulators OK Microsoft-PSE Renewable Energy Agreement

Posted by Betsy Lillian on July 20, 2017

Under a newly approved settlement agreement between Microsoft Corp. and Washington utility Puget Sound Energy (PSE), the tech giant will be able to purchase clean energy from the wholesale market to power its Puget Sound facility in Washington state. The [Read More]

House Committee Adopts Amendment Against Maryland Offshore Wind

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Written by Betsy Lillian on July 20, 2017

“If construction of these turbines too close to the shoreline will reduce property value or tourism, then the turbines may cause more issues than they solve,” says Congressman Andy Harris, author of the amendment.

Regulators Green-Light Hawaiian Electric’s Path To 100% Renewables

Posted by Betsy Lillian on July 19, 2017

The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has accepted utility company Hawaiian Electric’s plan charting near-term actions leading to 100% renewable energy by 2045. The Power Supply Improvement Plan Update, accepted by the PUC on July 14, describes the work by [Read More]

Federal Court Decision Affirms States’ Authority On Renewables Policy

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Written by Miles Farmer on July 17, 2017

The case is important because it demonstrates that states have strong tools to dictate their energy mix (including advancing renewable energy) without violating the Constitution or federal energy laws.

South Dakota Farmers, Wind Advocates Band Together Against Turbine Ordinance

Posted by Betsy Lillian on July 13, 2017

Farmers and wind energy advocates in South Dakota are coming together to urge citizens of Lincoln County to vote no on an ordinance that requires future wind turbines to be built at least half a mile away from homes. Calling [Read More]