Policy Watch – Page 2

California Moves A Step Closer To 100% Renewables Mandate

Posted by Betsy Lillian on June 01, 2017

The California State Senate has passed a bill that would transition the state to 100% renewable energy. In a 25-13 vote on Wednesday, the Senate passed S.B.100, which aims to both accelerate and expand the state’s current 50% by 2030 renewable [Read More]

Trump’s Proposed Budget Shrinks EPA, DOE Funding

Betsy Lillian
Written by Betsy Lillian on May 23, 2017

President Donald Trump has released his fiscal year 2018 budget proposal, which includes cuts to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Unsurprisingly, many clean energy and environmental advocacy groups are speaking out in response to [Read More]

Vermont Proposes Turbine Sound Rules ‘Ostracizing’ Wind Industry

Betsy Lillian
Written by Betsy Lillian on May 18, 2017

Renewable Energy Vermont argues that the public service board’s proposed new rules, covering decibel levels and setback requirements, could “effectively ban” future wind development in the state.

Wind PTC Father Grassley Probes Perry On ‘Hastily Developed’ Grid Study

Posted by Betsy Lillian on May 18, 2017

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has asked Rick Perry, secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy, a series of questions about a study Perry directed that the senator says appears to “undermine” the wind industry. According to Grassley, known as [Read More]

Virginia Governor Takes Action To Cut Carbon Emissions, Grow Clean Energy

Posted by Betsy Lillian on May 17, 2017

Gov. Terry McAuliffe, D-Va., has taken executive action to reduce carbon emissions across the state. Under the newly signed Executive Directive 11, the governor is instructing the state’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to begin the process of establishing regulations [Read More]

U.S. Lawmakers Band Together On Offshore Wind Incentive Bill

Posted by Betsy Lillian on May 12, 2017

In an effort to continue spurring offshore wind in the country, U.S. Sens. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., along with Rhode Island Congressman Jim Langevin, D-2nd District, have reintroduced the Offshore Wind Incentives for New Development Act [Read More]

New Hampshire Town Makes 100% Renewables Pledge

Posted by Amanda Fava on May 11, 2017

The Town of Hanover, N.H., has voted to establish a goal of transitioning to 100% clean and renewable energy by 2050. The article approved at Tuesday’s town meeting sets a community-wide goal of transitioning to 100% renewable electricity by 2030 [Read More]

Alberta’s Environment Minister Lauds Renewables

Posted by Amanda Fava on May 10, 2017

The Alberta government’s efforts to encourage development of the province’s abundant wind energy resource and diversify its fossil fuel-dependent economy have captured the attention of investors, who see a long-term opportunity for growth in the market, according to Shannon Phillips, Alberta’s [Read More]

U.S. Reps. Flip The Switch On Energy Storage Caucus

Posted by Amanda Fava on May 09, 2017

U.S. Reps. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., and Mark Takano, D-Calif., have launched the Advanced Energy Storage Caucus in Congress. The two lawmakers created a similar Battery Energy Storage Caucus in 2015, and this latest endeavor builds on that effort with an [Read More]

U.S. Senator Proposes Clean Energy For America Act

Posted by Betsy Lillian on May 05, 2017

U.S. Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has introduced a bill to overhaul and streamline the current system for federal energy tax credits. According to Wyden, the proposed Clean Energy for America Act includes technology-neutral tax credits for [Read More]