Iowa Net Metering Attacked

Last year, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad surrendered a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) that would have been used to help cut costs and ease regulations on Iowans wanting to generate their own electricity. The grant...

/ July 28, 2015

Indiana Net Metering Attacked

During the first two months of 2015, anti-solar legislation, HB 1320, was gaining momentum. The legislative process culminated when a committee voted 9-4 on February 19 to advance the bill to the full chamber. Five days later, the bill, which...

/ July 28, 2015

Hawaii Net Metering Attacked

In June 2015, Hawaii Governor David Ige signed a bill directing the state’s utilities to generate 100% of their electricity sales from renewable energy sources by 2045. It was a bold step for the most oil dependent state in the...

/ July 28, 2015

Wisconsin Net Metering Attacked

Last fall, three Wisconsin utility companies won the ability to increase fixed charges from the state utility commission, despite public outcry and a lack of precedent. The Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC) gave WeEnergies, Madison Gas & Electric, and the...

/ July 28, 2015

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

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

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

Nevada Net Metering Attacked

The largest utility company in Nevada, NV Energy, worked in 2015 to stop any attempt to increase the state’s net metering cap, which solar installers had predicted would be met sometime in 2015. After reaching the solar net metering cap,...

/ 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