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

New Mexico Renewable Energy Policies Attacked

The New Mexico State Legislature briefly considered a bill that would freeze the state’s renewable energy standard, but it failed to move through the Senate after passing the House. The Heartland Institute published a blog attacking opponents of the anti-clean energy bill and promoted the...

/ July 28, 2015

New Hampshire Renewable Energy Policies Attacked

The Republican-controlled New Hampshire State Legislature has introduced multiple pieces of legislation to repeal the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), gut the state’s renewable energy standard, and allow utility companies to purchase solar installations. The bill to repeal the state’s...

/ 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