Policy Watch – Page 4

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]

The Role of Wholesale Power Markets in Helping States Achieve Decarbonization

Posted by Betsy Lillian on May 03, 2017

How can wholesale power markets and state policies work together to achieve decarbonization and reliability objectives at a low cost? In response to questions posed at yesterday’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Technical Conference, Dr. Samuel Newell, principal at The [Read More]

Atlanta Becomes 27th U.S. City To Commit To 100% Renewables

Posted by Betsy Lillian on May 02, 2017

Atlanta has become the 27th city in the country to officially commit to transition to 100% renewable energy, according to the Sierra Club. The Atlanta City Council on Monday unanimously approved a measure that establishes a community-wide goal of transitioning [Read More]

Court Approves Suspension Of Clean Power Plan Lawsuit

Posted by Joseph Bebon on May 01, 2017

On Friday, a federal court approved the Trump administration’s request to suspend the litigation over the Clean Power Plan (CPP). The decision comes after President Donald Trump signed a number of executive orders aimed at rolling back Obama-era environmental and [Read More]

AWEA, SEIA & AEE Ask Perry For ‘Open And Transparent’ DOE Study

Posted by Betsy Lillian on May 01, 2017

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) are calling on Rick Perry, secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), to “initiate a public process” to gather input to inform [Read More]

U.S. Senators Propose 100% Clean Energy By 2050

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 28, 2017

U.S. Sens. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., along with U.S. Sens. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., have proposed landmark climate change legislation that would transition the U.S. to 100% clean energy. The “100 by ’50 [Read More]