Policy & Regulation

CA renewable energy legislation signed

California state officials have signed new legislation for what they call "a model of federal-state initiative and cooperation" for reviewing and applying funding for renewable energy development, in a push to meet a mandated goal of a third of its energy received via renewable sources by 2020.

Senate Committee Passes Legislation as RES Coalition Formed

In a 15-8 vote, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee passed energy legislation that includes a renewable electricity standard (RES) of 15% by 2021, with states allowed to fulfill up to 4% of the requirement through energy efficiency measures.

US RPS Legislation Weakened in Committee

Markup on the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 is set to begin today in Washington amid critiscism that the legislation and specifically the renewable portfolio standard (RPS) has been watered down in committee.

Ontario Passes Aggressive Feed-in Tariff Legislation

Members of the Green Energy Act Alliance, a coalition of leading environmental groups, industry associations, farmers and labour groups, were at Queen's Park today to congratulate the Liberals and NDP on the adoption of the Green Energy and Economy Act. The Act outlines an ambitious and globally significant strategy to improve conservation, increase renewable energy generation and create green jobs.

Climate Legislation Introduced in Washington, Includes RPS Provision

Chairman Henry Waxman of the Energy and Commerce Committee and Chairman Edward Markey of the Energy and Environment Subcommittee and Select Committee on Global Warming have released a draft of clean energy legislation. Called the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACES), the legislation could serve as a new overall approach to America's energy policy that, if passed will move the nation closer to having a clean energy economy.

AWEA Welcomes Transmission Legislation

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) praised the leadership shown by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) in drafting and introducing major transmission legislation.

Renewable Energy Facility Siting Legislation on the Right Track

Streamlined, one-stop wind energy facility siting got a shot in the arm on November 20, 2008, when the Washington State Supreme Court issued a decision upholding the state's energy facility siting legislation.

Renewable Energy Tax Credit Legislation Voted Down in U.S. Senate

A bill introduced by Senate Tax Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) containing a one-year renewable energy production tax credit (PTC) extension and a small wind turbine investment tax credit has failed to move past a Cloture Vote in the U.S. Senate once again.

Louisiana Passes Advanced Biofuel Legislation

Louisana Governor Bobby Jindal has signed into law the Advanced Biofuel Industry Development Initiative, one of the most comprehensive and far-reaching state legislation packages in the U.S., which could be used to develop a statewide advanced biofuel industry. Louisiana is the first state to enact alternative transportation fuel legislation that includes a variable blending pump pilot program and a hydrous ethanol pilot program.

US Rep. Inslee Introduces Renewable Energy Pricing Legislation

U.S. Representative Jay Inslee (D-WA) on Wednesday tackled head-on the question of whether Congress can mandate electricity prices with the introduction of legislation that would set "feed-in" tariffs to motivate the development and purchase of more renewable sources of electric power.