Policy & Regulation

House Subcommittee Hears Testimony on Hydropower Regulatory Legislation

The Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing on draft legislation that would improve the regulatory framework for hydropower development earlier this week.

In Light of the Gulf Spill: Why We Need Climate Legislation

There is no denying it – what happened last December in Copenhagen was disappointing. But although only a weak, non-binding agreement emerged from COP 15, the struggle for climate legislation is by no means over. In fact, as we watch more than 200,000 gallons of oil spill each day into the Gulf of Mexico, we have more proof than ever that we must continue the struggle.

NHA Drafts Legislation to Boost Hydropower Development

The National Hydropower Association is proposing draft legislation titled "Hydropower Renewable Energy and Jobs Act of 2010," telling HydroWorld.com the bill is intended to significantly boost hydropower development and spur industry jobs growth.

Prospects Fading for U.S. Climate Legislation in 2010

Last summer, clean energy advocates were confident that the U.S. Congress would pass a comprehensive energy and climate bill by the time the Copenhagen conference rolled around. Now, as energy issues slip further down the policy priority list in the wake of that failed meeting, advocates are left wondering if the U.S. will see any significant piece of clean energy legislation in 2010.

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.