Policy Watch – Page 105

Agencies Publish Draft Environmental Impact Statement

Posted by NAW Staff on November 14, 2007

The Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Departments of Energy, Agriculture, Commerce and Defense have released a draft programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS) for public review and comment. The draft proposes designation of energy [Read More]

PUC Files Petition For Rehearing With DOE

Posted by NAW Staff on November 14, 2007

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) filed for rehearing with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) over its National Interest Electric Transmission Corridor (NIETC) for the Mid-Atlantic region while also filing suit against the designation in the U.S. District Court. [Read More]

Transmission Bill Would Help Connect Clean Energy To Power Grid

Posted by NAW Staff on November 06, 2007

U.S. Reps. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., and Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., members of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, have introduced legislation in the House that would make renewable electricity produced in rural areas available to urban energy users. [Read More]

Commission Accepts PacifiCorp’s IRP

Posted by NAW Staff on October 23, 2007

PacifiCorp, a six-state electric utility that operates as Rocky Mountain Power in eastern Idaho, has announced it's adding about 2,000 MW of renewable power, mostly from wind, over the next 10 years. The Idaho Public Utilities Commission (IPUC) recently accepted [Read More]

Senators Introduce Expanded Climate Change Legislation

Posted by NAW Staff on October 19, 2007

Sens. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., and John Warner R-Va., have introduced climate change legislation proposing mandatory greenhouse gas reductions. The latest refinements to the Lieberman-Warner bill outline a cap-and-trade strategy to reduce emissions from covered sectors by 15% by 2020 and [Read More]

California ISO Board Of Governors Approves Changes

Posted by NAW Staff on October 18, 2007

The California Independent System Operator Corp. (ISO) Board of Governors has approved making changes to its federal tariff that spell out how a new financing tool will work to remove barriers for renewable power trying to access the power grid. [Read More]

Groups Ask CPUC To Enforce Renewable Energy Targets

Posted by NAW Staff on October 18, 2007

Two conservation groups have asked state regulators to enforce California requirements that utilities obtain 20% of their energy from renewable sources by 2010, as mandated by California's renewable portfolio standard (RPS). The Center for Biological Diversity and The Sierra Club [Read More]

Commission Approves Wind Interconnection Agreements

Posted by NAW Staff on October 17, 2007

State regulators have approved two interconnection agreements between Idaho Power Co. and two wind projects in Elmore County, Idaho. The agreements divide the costs for transmission upgrades between the project developers and Idaho Power and its customers. The projects, called [Read More]

Climate Change Council And Governor Release Report

Posted by NAW Staff on October 15, 2007

Gov. Jon Huntsman, R-Utah, and the Blue Ribbon Advisory Council on Climate Change (BRAC) released the Council's Report on recommended measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Utah. The report also includes an independent study on the science of climate [Read More]

Imperial Irrigation District To Aid RE Transmission

Posted by NAW Staff on October 12, 2007

The board of directors of Imperial Irrigation District (IID) Energy, an Imperial, Calif.-headquartered utility, has unanimously adopted a resolution titled ‘Incentives to Interconnect and Export Renewable Resources,’ which calls for two major policy initiatives designed to bolster renewable energy development [Read More]