Policy Watch – Page 5

Oklahoma Governor: Let’s Roll Out Wind Tax, End PTC Sooner

Betsy Lillian
Written by Betsy Lillian on February 08, 2017

In her newly laid out budget proposal for the state, Gov. Mary Fallin, R-Okla., is proposing a new tax on wind power, as well as an acceleration of the phase-out of the state production tax credit (PTC). According to the budget [Read More]

Congressman Proposes Killing Environmental Protection Agency

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 07, 2017

A newly elected congressman is seeking to completely abolish the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Yes, indeed, under H.R.861, the agency would be no more. U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., proposed the bill on Feb. 3. The text of the [Read More]

U.S. Senators Push For Streamlined Process For Renewables On Public Land

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 03, 2017

A bipartisan bill that would work toward an “all of the above” energy strategy by simplifying the permitting process for renewable energy projects on public lands has been introduced in Congress by a number of U.S. senators. U.S. Sens. Dean [Read More]

With Senate Vote, Maryland’s Clean Energy Jobs Act Becomes Reality

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 02, 2017

As expected, the Maryland Senate voted this week on the future of the Clean Energy Jobs Act of 2016, which Gov. Larry Hogan vetoed last year. Like the Maryland House, the Senate also agreed to restore the bill today and [Read More]

Not So Fast: Maryland House Overrides Governor’s Veto On Clean Energy Jobs Act

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 31, 2017

The Maryland House has overridden Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of the Clean Energy Jobs Act of 2016, legislation that would boost the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) from 20% by 2022 to 25% by 2020. In total, 88 members of [Read More]

Ohio Parties Agree To Kill Coal Plants, Add More Wind And Solar

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 31, 2017

In conjunction with nine intervening parties, Dayton Power and Light (DP&L), a subsidiary of The AES Corp., has filed with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) a settlement to its electric security plan (ESP) that would end its ownership [Read More]

Lawmakers Once Again Propose No Tax Credits For Wind Near Military Airfields

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 30, 2017

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, has once again proposed a bill that he says would protect military airfields from “electromagnetic radar interference” from wind turbines. According to a press release from the senator, the bill was proposed with “input from [Read More]

Ind. Lawmaker Aims To Give ‘Direct Say’ To Residents On Wind Development

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 27, 2017

Indiana State Rep. Tom Saunders, R-Lewisville, has proposed a bill that he says would allow local residents to have a “stronger voice” in the development of wind farms in their community. According to Saunders, H.B.1597 would allow Indiana citizens to [Read More]

Wind Generation Tax Hike Gets The Boot In Wyoming

Betsy Lillian
Written by Betsy Lillian on January 24, 2017

In a 2-7 vote, the House Revenue Committee has killed a proposal that would have raised wind taxes from $1/MWh to $5/MWh.

Massachusetts Lawmakers Propose 100% Renewable Portfolio Standard

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 24, 2017

Massachusetts legislators have proposed a bill that calls for the state to adopt a 100% renewable portfolio standard, according to Environment Massachusetts, a statewide, citizen-funded clean energy advocacy group. Under the legislation, H.D.3357 – filed by State Reps. Sean Garballey, [Read More]