NewEnergyNews: ORIGINAL REPORTING: How State Renewables Mandates Drive New Energy

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THINGS-TO-THINK-ABOUT THURSDAY, January 19:

  • TTTA Thursday-The Heat Stayed On In 2016
  • TTTA Thursday-Three Ways Solar Will Grow
  • TTTA Thursday-North Carolina Ocean Wind Bidding To Open
  • TTTA Thursday-Plugs Could Change The Future of Cars Completely
  • THE DAY BEFORE

  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: 4 Drivers Of Solar Growth Everybody Needs To Know
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: The Maryland RPS And The National Divide On Clean Energy
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: Why California Wants Western Electricity Delivery Organized
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  • TODAY’S STUDY: Who In Clean Tech Is Boosting New Energy
  • QUICK NEWS, January 17: New Energy’s Fight Against Climate Change Won’t Be Done; New Energy Jobs Leapt Again Last Year; Nebraska Gets Wind Power Economy Bump
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  • Weekend Video: A Call To Climate Action From Al Gore
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  • Weekend Video: Why Solar Beats Coal
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  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Does Climate Change Make Nuclear A Good Idea?
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  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Will China Bust Open The Global EV Market?
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    THINGS-TO-THINK-ABOUT THURSDAY, January 12:

  • TTTA Thursday-New Energy Mandates, Part 1 - Cleaner Air and Water
  • TTTA Thursday-New Energy Mandates, Part 2 - More Jobs
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  • Another Tipping Point: US Coal Supply Decline So Real Even West Virginia Concurs (REPORT), November 26, 2013
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  • Twenty-Somethings of Colorado With Skin in the Game (November 22, 2011)
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  • 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)
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  • The Best Movies About Climate Change
  • Saudis Move Ahead On $30Bil New Energy Buy
  • China Wind Awaits China Demand
  • India Solar Rising

    Wednesday, January 04, 2017

    ORIGINAL REPORTING: How State Renewables Mandates Drive New Energy

    As utilities build toward RPS standards, costs, carve-outs raise concerns; An LBNL report shows utilities are largely meeting their renewable energy targets, but new challenges are emerging

    Herman K. Trabish, April 25, 2016 (Utility Dive)

    Editor’s note: During the Trump era, state actions will be determinative for the future of New Energy.

    Utiility leaders often say they can meet whatever policy obligations states impose if the policies are clear. Data compiled from utility compliance filings show they are incorporating the renewable energy capacity into their generation portfolios as required of them by interim state mandate targets and are on track to meet the renewable portfolio standard (RPS) obligations ahead if compliance costs don’t derail the programs. Utilities met 95% of their 2000 to 2015 RPS obligations in 2014 and 94% in 2013, according to the U.S. Renewables Portfolio Standards 2016 Annual Status Report.

    An RPS is a requirement of retail electric suppliers, typically utilities, to use renewables to supply a minimum percentage or amount of retail load. They usually face a penalty for failing to comply. The RPS policies in 29 states and the District of Columbia (DC), no two of which are the same, apply to 55% of U.S. electricity sales. Of the 100 GW of non-hydro renewables capacity added to U.S. generation since 2000, 60% of renewable electricity generation and 57% of renewables capacity has been contracted to load serving entities for RPS-associated reasons. The cost of RPS compliance was 0.8% of the average retail electricity bill in 2012, 1.0% in 2013, and 1.3% of the bill in 2014. Even with the $0.5 billion total increase, it was a very small portion of an electricity customer’s bill, though the year-over-year percentage increases are significant and that could limit renewable development…

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