Policy Watch – Page 9

How Wind Energy Can Power Trump’s ‘America First’ Policies

Written by Helmut Herold on February 16, 2017

Nope, it’s not a pipe dream: The rapidly flourishing wind industry could help the new administration fulfill its economic and industrial policies.

Two Cities In The Four Corners Commit To 100% Renewables

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 15, 2017

This week, Pueblo, Colo., and Moab, Utah, became the 22nd and 23rd cities in the U.S. to commit to a transition to 100% renewable energy, according to the Sierra Club. On Monday, the Pueblo City Council approved a measure to [Read More]

Governors To Trump: Here’s What We Need For Renewables Industry

Betsy Lillian
Written by Betsy Lillian on February 14, 2017

The Governors’ Wind & Solar Energy Coalition, a renewable energy advocacy group headed by bipartisan Govs. Gina Raimondo, D-R.I., and Sam Brownback, R-Kan., is pleading with President Donald Trump and his administration to support and further grow the U.S.’ renewables [Read More]

Kauai Island Utility Cooperative Beefs Up Renewables Goal

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 13, 2017

The board of directors of the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) in Hawaii recently set a goal of reaching 70% renewable energy by 2030. The target is part of an update to KIUC’s strategic plan for 2008-2023, which set an [Read More]

Maine Legislator Proposes Bill Against Floating Offshore Wind Farm

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 09, 2017

State Sen. Dana Dow, R-Maine, has proposed a bill to prevent an offshore wind test area from being built near Maine’s Monhegan Island, which the lawmaker calls a “place of rugged beauty” that is “free from commercial development and the [Read More]

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]