Policy Watch

Military Concerns Spark Proposed Wind Moratorium In North Carolina

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 23, 2017

Citing efforts to protect the state’s military installations, a newly filed bill in the North Carolina Senate is seeking a temporary moratorium on the construction of new wind projects. The Military Operations Protection Act of 2017 – sponsored by Sens. [Read More]

AWEA: Ohio Wind Industry In Jeopardy Under Proposed Bill

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 22, 2017

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) is speaking out against a proposed Ohio bill that the group says would reduce the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) into an “unenforceable goal” and, in turn, slam the brakes on wind power investment. [Read More]

Trump Proposes EPA, DOI Cuts; Environmental Groups React

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 16, 2017

Clean energy and environmental advocacy groups are speaking out against the Trump administration’s newly released 2018 budget proposals for discretionary spending – which, among other things, would cut U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) spending by one-third. Among the proposals, President [Read More]

Oklahoma House Says Yes To Early Phaseout Of Wind Tax Credits

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Written by David K. Burton & Binyomin Koff on March 15, 2017

On March 9, Oklahoma’s House of Representatives passed H.B.2298, which would end the state’s production tax credit for wind energy production three-and-a-half years earlier than current law. This measure was first proposed in Gov. Mary Fallin’s 2018 executive budget. The [Read More]

West Coast Utility Regulators Renew Vows For Carbon Reduction, Clean Energy

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 08, 2017

This week, utility regulators from the West Coast reaffirmed a commitment made in 2006 to support efforts to reduce carbon pollution and expand the development of low-carbon technologies in the energy industry. Chair David Danner of the Washington Utilities and [Read More]

Rhode Island Governor Plots Whopping 1,000% Renewables Increase

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Written by Betsy Lillian on March 02, 2017

Gov. Gina Raimondo, who heads the state with the U.S.’ first offshore wind farm, has announced an ambitious goal for Rhode Island: a tenfold increase in renewables by 2020.

Minnesota Announces Bipartisan Push Toward 50% Renewables

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 27, 2017

Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, D-Minn., has announced a proposal that would boost Minnesota’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) from 25% by 2025 to 50% by 2030. According to an announcement from the office of Smith and Gov. Mark Dayton, Minnesota is [Read More]

Most Oklahomans Support Wind Power, Oppose Wind Tax: Survey Says

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 23, 2017

According to recent surveys commissioned by American Wind Action (AWA), four in five “engaged citizens” in Oklahoma (those who voted in at least three of the last four general elections) have a “favorable” impression of wind, and more than half [Read More]

California Senator Proposes 100% Renewable Energy Goal

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 22, 2017

A bill that seeks to accelerate the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) by five years, as well as establish an ultimate target of 100% renewables, has been proposed in California. S.B.584 was introduced on Feb. 17 by State Sen. Kevin [Read More]

North Dakota Senator Seeks Two-Year Ban On Wind Development

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 21, 2017

Under a bill recently passed by the state’s Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, a North Dakota lawmaker is seeking a two-year moratorium on wind power development. State Sen. Dwight Cook, R-District 34, added an amendment on wind power to [Read More]