Policy Watch – Page 5

State Gov. Blocks Bill Passage To End Clean Energy Freeze

Posted by Lauren Tyler on December 28, 2016

Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio, has vetoed a bill that would have effectively extended the two-year “freeze” on Ohio’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard (AEPS). Environmental and renewable energy groups applaud the governor for following through on his commitment to block the [Read More]

Coal Instead Of Wind In Oklahoma? Sierra Club Fights Back In Court

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 22, 2016

The Sierra Club has filed its opening brief with the Oklahoma Supreme Court in an effort to overturn a decision by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC) that approves Oklahoma Gas & Electric’s (OG&E) proposal to spend $500 million to retrofit [Read More]

Michigan Legislators Green-Light Increased Renewables Standard

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 19, 2016

Following eleventh hour negotiations on Thursday, Michigan legislators approved a comprehensive energy reform package, which, among other actions, will expand the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS). Gov. Rick Snyder, who helped broker the deal, is expected to sign the legislation [Read More]

Feds Release Long-Anticipated Final Rule For Eagle Take Permits

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 15, 2016

The American Bird Conservancy says it remains concerned about the lack of incentives for wind energy companies to comply with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s voluntary guidelines on eagle take.

Hundreds Urge Congress To Back 100% Renewable Energy

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 15, 2016

In a new letter, over 450 organizations, local officials, academics, civic leaders and businesses have urged members of the U.S. Congress to support a national 100% renewable energy goal. The letter comes shortly after Sens. Edward Markey, D-Mass., and Jeff [Read More]

To Repower Or To Retrofit: How Does The PTC Affect Wind Owners’ Decisions?

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 08, 2016

In order to re-qualify an existing asset, wind owners must invest 80% of its fair market value; this is achieved through repowering or retrofitting.

U.S. Senators Propose 100% Clean Energy Bill

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 08, 2016

U.S. Sens. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., have introduced a Senate resolution calling for generating 100% of the electricity consumed in the U.S. from clean and renewable energy resources by 2050. Other senators supporting the resolution include [Read More]

Illinois Supreme Court To Clean Line: Yes, We Will Review Your Case

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 02, 2016

It’s a yes from the Illinois Supreme Court: The rejection of Clean Line Energy Partners’ $600 million Rock Island Clean Line will soon be reviewed in court. The Rock Island Clean Line, first proposed in 2010, was approved in 2014 [Read More]

Survey: Conservatives Do, Indeed, Support Clean Energy Development

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 02, 2016

A newly released poll conducted after the presidential election shows that more than 80% of voters surveyed indicated it is important for elected officials to share their views on energy. In addition, 88% said they would likely oppose a candidate [Read More]

Lawmaker Takes Aim At Wind Farms Near Military Bases

Betsy Lillian
Written by Betsy Lillian on December 01, 2016

U.S. Rep. Chris Collins has proposed a bill that would make new wind farms built within 40 miles of military bases ineligible for tax credits. Specifically, he has voiced his concern for an Apex project in western New York.