Policy Watch – Page 4

NAW Exclusive: Sen. Grassley Talks Trump, Perry And Wind Tax Credits

Betsy Lillian
Written by Betsy Lillian on July 05, 2017

“We’ve heard him say things about wind energy killing birds, but that doesn’t mean he’s against wind energy,” argues the senior U.S. senator from Iowa.

Washington City Makes 100% Renewables Commitment

Posted by Betsy Lillian on June 30, 2017

The Edmonds, Wash., City Council has approved a resolution establishing a community-wide goal of transitioning to 100% renewable energy by 2025. According to the Sierra Club, Edmonds represents the first city or town in Washington state to commit to 100% [Read More]

Ohio House Drops Compromise On Wind Setback Rule

Posted by Betsy Lillian on June 28, 2017

Not long after Ohio Senate lawmakers advanced a compromise measure on the state’s harsh wind setback rule, the Ohio House of Representatives has insisted upon removing it from the state’s proposed biennial budget, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has [Read More]

New York Legislature Approves Energy Storage Bill

Posted by Joseph Bebon on June 27, 2017

The New York state legislature recently approved a bill to establish an Energy Storage Deployment Program for the Empire State. The bill, sponsored by Assemblywoman Amy Paulin and Senator Joseph Griffo, passed both chambers of the legislature unanimously and now [Read More]

Ohio Makes Moves To Kill Harsh Wind Turbine Setback Rule

Posted by Betsy Lillian on June 22, 2017

AWEA and several major wind developers are applauding an omnibus amendment – now included in the state’s proposed budget – to bring a “commonsense approach” to siting wind turbines in Ohio.

FERC Wins Case Over PJM Capacity Rules ‘Discriminating’ Against Wind And Solar

Betsy Lillian
Written by Betsy Lillian on June 21, 2017

Clean energy advocacy groups say PJM’s new “always available, all-year requirement” puts renewables at a disadvantage, considering their performance can vary according to seasons.

Two Southern Cities Commit To 100% Renewables

Posted by Betsy Lillian on June 21, 2017

The cities of Sarasota, Fla., and Columbia, S.C., have each made commitments to transition to 100% renewable energy, the Sierra Club has announced. According to the group, the Sarasota City Commission adopted a goal of powering all of Sarasota with [Read More]

Nevada Governor Axes Renewable Portfolio Standard Bill

Posted by Joseph Bebon on June 20, 2017

On Friday, Gov. Brian Sandoval, R-Nev., vetoed A.B.206, a bill that would have increased Nevada’s current 25% by 2025 renewable portfolio standard (RPS) to 40% by 2030. Environmental groups and renewable energy organizations, including the Solar Energy Industries Association and [Read More]

Renewables Groups To Congress: Do Not Slash Funding For Our Energy Programs

Posted by Betsy Lillian on June 13, 2017

Five national business groups representing renewable energy technologies, developers, financiers and Fortune 500 buyers are urging Congress to fund what they feel are vital programs at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). A June 13 letter was penned to House [Read More]

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.”