Policy Watch

Proposed Mass. Energy Bill Devotes 1.2 GW To Offshore Wind

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NAW Staff on May 25, 2016

According to several renewables stakeholders, the draft legislation is a good step forward but needs a bigger commitment to wind energy.

The U.S. Electric Grid: Clean Power Plan vs. No Clean Power Plan

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NAW Staff on May 23, 2016

A new report from the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) concludes that combined U.S. wind and solar capacity would rise an additional 10-20 GW over the next 15 years, while coal capacity would decline by up to 27 GW, [Read More]

New York PSC Approves Utility Reforms To Promote Clean Energy

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NAW Staff on May 20, 2016

The commission says the requirements will help utilities meet renewable energy goals set forth in Gov. Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision.

Twenty State Senators Rally Behind N.Y. Offshore Wind Tier

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NAW Staff on May 20, 2016

Twenty New York state senators, led by Sens. Liz Krueger and Brad Hoylman, are urging Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, D-N.Y., and Audrey Zibelman, chair of the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC), to include an offshore wind tier in [Read More]

Survey: U.S. Voters Increasingly Upping Support For Alternative Energy Policies

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NAW Staff on May 18, 2016

A new survey by Lazard Ltd., a financial advisory and asset management firm, has found bipartisan support for clean energy policies has increased among U.S. voters. The Lazard Alternative Energy Poll was previously conducted in 2012, the prior presidential election [Read More]

IRS Issues Revised Start-Of-Construction Guidance For Wind Developers

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NAW Staff on May 06, 2016

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has updated its start-of-construction rule for wind developers, which will now be given four years to qualify for the federal production tax credit (PTC) without the burden of proving continuous construction. According to the IRS’ [Read More]

New Jersey Offshore Wind Bill Gets Axed By Gov. Christie – Again

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NAW Staff on May 02, 2016

The governor claims the legislation, which would have directly benefited Fishermen’s Energy, “seeks to usurp” the authority of the BPU.

Do Voters In States Suing Over CPP Actually Oppose The Plan?

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NAW Staff on Apr 28, 2016

Last year, a coalition of over 20 states launched a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to block the implementation of the Clean Power Plan (CPP), which establishes the first-ever limits on carbon pollution from U.S. power plants. [Read More]

Senate Passes Amendment To Restore DOE Wind Research Funding

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NAW Staff on Apr 27, 2016

The U.S. Senate has passed a bipartisan amendment to restore wind energy research funding for fiscal year 2017 to the level provided for the current fiscal year. Co-sponsored by Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., the amendment passed [Read More]

What Does Supreme Court FERC Decision Mean For State Renewables Programs?

Last week, the Supreme Court found that a Maryland program to promote in-state generation through a guaranteed capacity payment was preempted by the Federal Power Act.