Policy Watch – Page 106

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]

Midwest Governors Plan Energy Summit

Posted by NAW Staff on October 09, 2007

According to the office of Gov. Jim Doyle, D-Wis., chairman of the Midwestern Governors Association (MGA), Milwaukee will host the Midwestern Governors Association Energy Security and Climate Change Summit in November. At the summit, governors from across the Midwest plan [Read More]

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]

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]