Category: Renewable Energy Standards

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

Texas Renewable Energy Policies Attacked

The Texas Senate voted in mid-April to eliminate the state’s renewable energy standard (RES) with a party-line vote of 21-10. Senator Troy Fraser argued that the state had accomplished the RES and introduced SB 931 to repeal the law. But...

/ July 28, 2015

Oklahoma Renewable Energy Policies Attacked

The Oklahoma State Legislature reached a compromise with the wind energy industry 2015, passing two bills, that would phase out the state’s five-year property tax exemption for wind energy projects and eliminate wind energy’s eligibility for a job creation tax credit in the state, in...

/ 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

Colorado Renewable Energy Policies Attacked

The Colorado renewable energy standard has seen attacks in the legislature and the courts from anti-clean energy front groups. In the courts, the Heartland Institute highlighted the fossil fuel-funded Energy & Environment Legal Institute (EELI)’s law suit claiming that the state’s renewable energy standard (RES) was unconstitutional...

/ July 28, 2015