NewEnergyNews: RENEWABLES STANDARDS MEAN MORE RENEWABLES

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YESTERDAY

  • Weekend Video: Colbert Helps President Obama On Keystone
  • Weekend Video: A Little History From Uncle Walter
  • Weekend Video: Before Soil Turns To Dust And Blows Away
  • THE DAY BEFORE

  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: HAWAII'S UTILITIES PLAN FOR 67% RENEWABLES BY 2030
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: CAN WARREN BUFFETT'S PACIFICORP BRING THE NORTHWEST'S RENEWABLE RICHES TO MARKET?
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    THE DAY BEFORE THE DAY BEFORE

  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: A UTILITY IN THE MAKING: THE MUNICIPALIZATION OF BOULDER, COLORADO
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: WHAT HAPPENED TO THAT NATIONAL HIGH VOLTAGE TRANSMISSION SYSTEM?
  • THE DAY BEFORE THAT

  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: THE STATE OF THE U.S. WIND INDUSTRY (AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR UTILITIES)
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: HOW SACRAMENTO'S PUBLIC UTILITY IS GETTING IN THE RESIDENTIAL SOLAR BUSINESS
  • AND THE DAY BEFORE THAT

  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: HAS APS INVENTED A ROOFTOP SOLAR BUSINESS MODEL FOR UTILITIES?
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: THE GRID NEEDS INDEPENDENT DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM OPERATORS
  • THE LAST DAY UP HERE

  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: HOW SHOULD UTILITIES VALUE SOLAR?
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: IS PUERTO RICO THE NEW POSTER CHILD FOR THE UTILITY DEATH SPIRAL?
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    Some of Anne's contributions:

  • Another Tipping Point: US Coal Supply Decline So Real Even West Virginia Concurs (REPORT), November 26, 2013
  • SOLAR FOR ME BUT NOT FOR THEE ~ Xcel's Push to Undermine Rooftop Solar, September 20, 2013
  • NEW BILLS AND NEW BIRDS in Colorado's recent session, May 20, 2013
  • Lies, damned lies and politicians (October 8, 2012)
  • Colorado's Elegant Solution to Fracking (April 23, 2012)
  • Shale Gas: From Geologic Bubble to Economic Bubble (March 15, 2012)
  • Taken for granted no more (February 5, 2012)
  • The Republican clown car circus (January 6, 2012)
  • Twenty-Somethings of Colorado With Skin in the Game (November 22, 2011)
  • Occupy, Xcel, and the Mother of All Cliffs (October 31, 2011)
  • Boulder Can Own Its Power With Distributed Generation (June 7, 2011)
  • The Plunging Cost of Renewables and Boulder's Energy Future (April 19, 2011)
  • Paddling Down the River Denial (January 12, 2011)
  • The Fox (News) That Jumped the Shark (December 16, 2010)
  • Click here for an archive of Butterfield columns

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  • Thursday, January 10, 2013

    RENEWABLES STANDARDS MEAN MORE RENEWABLES

    Renewable Portfolio Standards Key to US Clean Energy Growth

    January 7, 2013 (Sustainable Business)

    “Data shared by Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL)…shows just how effective state Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) are in building out US clean energy capacity…Since 1998, the US has installed 53 gigawatts of non-hydro renewable energy and the majority (63%) is in states that have an active or pending RPS.

    “29 states and Wash DC have an RPS, which require utilities to source a certain percentage of energy from renewables by a target date (the percentage and target date varies greatly between states)… Renewables Portfolio Standards in the United States reports that with] the addition of another 60 GW of renewable energy capacity, all states with RPSs will have met their goals…”

    “Unfortunately, the introduction of new RPS initiatives has significantly slowed and most states haven't upped their targets as they close to meeting them…California is one of the few states that significantly raised its target when it got close to meeting it. It now requires renewables to provide 33% of the state's electricity by 2020, up from 20% by 2010. Last February, the state hit an important milestone - wind now supplies 5% of its electricity.

    “And the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is working to undermine state RPS programs with legislation so far introduced in 10 states to repeal or roll back RPS policies. None of these efforts has succeeded to date…Although ALEC views state RPSs as a tax on consumers that unfairly mandates some energy sources over others, LBNL's research shows that electric rates have risen less than 5%. In fact, states that have an RPS report the costs of renewable energy are dropping…”

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