Policy Watch – Page 100

Wind Turbine Bird Safety Guidelines Approved in CA

Posted by NAW Staff on October 08, 2007

The California Energy Commission has voted 3-0 to approve voluntary guidelines designed to reduce the number of bird and bat deaths from wind turbines. Titled ‘California Guidelines for Reducing Impacts to Birds and Bats from Wind Energy Development,’ the document [Read More]

Texas PUC Issues CREZ Interim Final Order

Posted by NAW Staff on October 05, 2007

The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) has issued an interim final order designating five competitive renewable energy zones (CREZs) in West Texas and the Texas Panhandle and authorizing development of transmission lines needed to deliver electricity produced in each [Read More]

DOE Designates National Interest Electric Transmission Corridors

Posted by NAW Staff on October 05, 2007

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has named two National Interest Electric Transmission Corridors (NIETCs): the Mid-Atlantic Area NIETC and the Southwest Area NIETC. The DOE made its designations – which are effective for 12 years – based on data and [Read More]

Manitoba Proposes Changes To Wind Farm Land Registration

Posted by NAW Staff on October 05, 2007

Jim Rondeau, Manitoba's Science, Technology, Energy and Mines Minister, has re-introduced proposed legislative changes that would reduce the complexities around landowners' leasing land for the purpose of generating wind energy. Currently, anyone searching the landowner's title must review not only [Read More]

Green Power Program Launched For South Carolina

Posted by NAW Staff on September 24, 2007

The South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff (ORS) has created a green power program called Palmetto Clean Energy (PaCE) for the state. The new program will allow customers of participating investor-owned electrical utilities to purchase green power from their utility [Read More]

Group Initiates Judicial Review Of Canada’s Kyoto Obligations

Posted by NAW Staff on September 21, 2007

On behalf of Friends of the Earth Canada, Canadian lawyer Chris Paliare and Ecojustice – formerly Sierra Legal – have submitted an application for judicial review with the Canadian Federal Court to enforce the Canadian government's compliance with the Kyoto [Read More]

Renewable Energy Sources Bill Introduced In Michigan

Posted by NAW Staff on September 21, 2007

Michigan Assemblywoman Kathleen Law (D-23rd District) has introduced House Bill (HB) 5218 (2007), the Michigan Renewable Energy Sources Act – the first comprehensive renewable energy feed-in law submitted to an American state legislature. The proposal features renewable tariffs designed to [Read More]

ND Governor Sets Energy Policy, Appoints Commission Members

Posted by NAW Staff on September 20, 2007

Gov. John Hoeven, R-N.D., has formed the Empower North Dakota (Empower ND) Commission to make recommendations to enhance the state's existing comprehensive energy plan, also known as Empower ND. Empower ND includes aggressive policy goals and incentives in each energy [Read More]

Alaska Governor Forms Climate Change Sub-Cabinet

Posted by NAW Staff on September 20, 2007

Gov. Sarah Palin, R-Alaska, has signed Administrative Order 238, which establishes a subcabinet to prepare a climate change strategy. According to the governor's office, the Climate Change Sub-Cabinet will examine ways to develop, support and expand renewable energy resource programs [Read More]

NGA Launches National Effort To Promote Clean Energy Policies

Posted by NAW Staff on September 17, 2007

National Governors Association (NGA) co-chairs Gov. Tim Pawlenty, R-Minn., and Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, D-Kan., have launched the Securing a Clean Energy Future initiative to promote clean energy policies across the U.S. According to the NGA, the new initiative will enlist [Read More]