Policy Watch – Page 3

Texas Governor Signs Tax Exemption Bill For Wind Near Military Airfields

Betsy Lillian
Written by Betsy Lillian on June 12, 2017

State Sen. Donna Campbell, the sponsor of the legislation, claims that “encroaching wind farms” near military bases could “impede operations and create safety risks for pilots and related personnel.”

Nevada Legislature Passes Renewables Bill; Groups Urge Governor’s Signature

Posted by Betsy Lillian on June 08, 2017

A bill increasing Nevada’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) to 40% by 2030 is awaiting action from Gov. Brian Sandoval, who is being pushed by renewable energy groups to give the bill the green light. In a letter to Sandoval from [Read More]

Santa Barbara Goes All In On Renewable Energy

Posted by Betsy Lillian on June 07, 2017

Santa Barbara, Calif., has become the 30th city in the country to officially commit to transition to 100% renewable energy, according to the Sierra Club. On Tuesday, the Santa Barbara City Council approved a measure that establishes a community-wide goal [Read More]

New York State Rolls Out Major Renewable Energy Initiative

Posted by Betsy Lillian on June 05, 2017

In light of President Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement, New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the Clean Climate Careers initiative, a multi-pronged strategy to grow the state’s clean energy economy and prepare citizens [Read More]

Trump To Withdraw U.S. From Paris Climate Change Agreement

Joseph Bebon
Written by Joseph Bebon on June 02, 2017

President Donald Trump has announced he is withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris Agreement, a global accord meant to combat climate change. During a press conference Thursday, Trump said, “We’re getting out. But we will start to negotiate, and we [Read More]

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]