Category: American Legislative Exchange Council

West Virginia Renewable Energy Policies Attacked

The West Virginia State Legislature passed a bill in January 2015 to repeal the state’s Alternative Renewable Energy Standard (RES). Governor Earl Tomblin signed the bill in February. Groups and reporters calling this a victory for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) failed...

/ July 28, 2015

Washington Renewable Energy Policies Attacked

In 2006, Washington voters passed Ballot Initiative 937 creating what was, at the time, the country’s second renewable energy standard (RES). The RES requires large utilities to obtain 15% of their electricity from renewables, excluding hydropower, by 2020. Hydro is...

/ July 28, 2015

Ohio Renewable Energy Laws Attacked

In 2014, the Ohio State Legislature passed a bill freezing the state’s renewable energy standard (RES). The bill also required an “Energy Mandates Study Committee” (EMSC) to produce a report with recommendations on policy changes regarding the RES. The study committee is scheduled...

/ July 28, 2015

North Carolina Renewable Energy Policies Attacked

The North Carolina Senate is still considering a bill to freeze the state’s renewable energy standard (which currently requires 12.5% clean electricity by 2021) and reduce the size of clean energy projects that would be eligible for simple contracts though the Public...

/ July 28, 2015

Montana Renewable Energy Policies Attacked

Ten years ago, Montana lawmakers enacted a RES requiring utilities (competitive electricity suppliers were added to the law in 2007) to obtain a percentage of their retail customer sales from renewable resources. Beginning in 2008, utilities were mandated to acquire renewable...

/ July 28, 2015

Missouri Renewable Energy Policies Attacked

Missourians voted overwhelmingly in 2008 to create the state’s RES by passing Proposition C. Investor-owned utilities have since been required to increase renewable energy generation incrementally so that their energy mix will include 15 percent renewables by 2021. However, the...

/ July 28, 2015

Michigan Renewable Energy Policies Attacked

In early 2015, Michigan Democrats presented a plan that doubles the state’s RES to 20% by 2022. In the announcement, State Senator Hoon-Yung Hopgood, the vice chairman of the Senate Energy and Technology Committee, said, “This plan is pro-business, pro-consumer...

/ July 28, 2015