Under DOE's new rule, federal appliance energy efficiency upgrades must be "significant" -- defined under the rule as saving at least 0.3 quads of energy over 30 years or improving energy use by at least 10 pct above existing standards.
(Source: US DOE, Heartland Institute, 12 Mar., 2020)
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Sedgwick County Commissioners have banned commercial wind facilities from the county and also enacted permitting legislation requiring new commercial-scale solar facilities to receive FAA approval if they are to be sited within a mile of airport facilities.
The legislation is in response to public concerns about the supposed health effects and noise from wind turbines, bird and bat deaths caused by commercial wind and solar facilities, and interference with area airports and air traffic.
NextEra has developed wind and solar facilities in 35 states, including six in western Kansas. The August decision was the first time a major wind farm had been rejected in Kansas in a decade.
(Source: Heartland Institute, Oct., 2019)
Contact: NextEra Energy, email@example.com, www.nextrenewables.com
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The CLCPA also commits New York to net-zero carbon emissions, economy-wide, by 2050, with an interim target of slashing emissions 40 pct below the state's 1990 emission levels by 2030. The Act also requires the state and industry to reduce their emissions by 85 pct , with the remaining 15 percent of the net-zero goal coming from carbon offsets.
For oversight and administration, the act will create a 22 member commission a various advisory panels to deal with buildings and construction, industry, land use and zoning, local governments, transportation, and more. These advisory panels are required to consult with a climate justice working group composed of representatives from low-income communities and environmental justice groups.
(Source: Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), Heartland Institute, 15 Aug., 2019) Contact: Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), www.governor.ny.gov, www.governor.ny.gov/content/governor-contact-form
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Among the slate of bills Mills signed is one requiring Maine's electric power providers, who are currently required to obtain 40 pct of their electricity from renewable sources, to provide 80 pct from such sources by 2030 and 100 pct by 2050. Presently, Maine has the 11th highest average electricity cost in the U.S..
Another climate-related bill Mills signed establishes a Maine Climate Council charged with developing plans to reduce the state's greenhouse gas emissions by 45 pct by 2030 and 80 pct by 2050. Mills also signed legislation creating new incentives to install energy efficient heating systems and to increase the number and size of solar power projects in the state.
A study by the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago shows seven years after a state imposes a renewable energy mandate (REM) a 1.8 pct increase in renewable energy generation results in an 11 pct increase in electricity prices, and after 12 years a 4.2 pct increase in renewable power produces a 17 pct rise in the cost of electricity. The link between REMs and higher prices is confirmed by U.S. Energy Information Administration data showing electric power prices in the 29 states with REMs are 26 pct higher than in states without REMs.
(Source: Heartland Institute, 1 May, 2019) Contact:
Gov. Janet Mills (D-ME): www.maine.gov/governor/mills/home, www.maine.gov/governor/mills/contact; Heartland Institute, www.heartland.org
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One of the bills Mills signed into law establishes a Maine Climate Council charged with developing plans to reduce the state's greenhouse gas emissions by 45 pct by 2030 and 80 pct by 2050. Mills also signed legislation creating new energy efficiency incentives and a stiffer state renewable enrghy standard for utilities and power generators.
(Source: Heartland Institute, 1 May, 2019) Contact: Gov. Janet Mills (D-ME): www.maine.gov/governor/mills/home, www.maine.gov/governor/mills/contact; Heartland Institute, www.heartland.org
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The USCA was a reaction to President Donald Trump's announcement the U.S. would withdraw from the December 2015 Paris climate agreement because the restrictions would hurt America's economy without improving the environment.
USCA members pledge to implement policies advancing the goals of the Paris climate agreement, in part by reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 26 to 28 pct below 2005 levels by 2025. USCA members are also required to accelerate new and existing policies to reduce CO2 and promote clean energy deployment at the state and federal level.
(Source: Various Media, The Heartland Institute, 7 Mar., 2019)
Contact: United States Climate Alliance, www.usclimatealliance.org
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Under the current 20-year old law, electricity-generating companies earn credits of a fraction of a cent per kilowatt-hour of electricity generated with renewable technologies including wind, hydropower, solar, and geothermal energy sources.
The 10 year phase-out of the tax credit began on July 1, 2017. No projects brought on line after that date are eligible for the credit.
(Source: Heartland Institute, PR, 2 July, 2018)
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The Connecticut tax is expected to raise gasoline prices 13 cents per gallon while home heating oil prices would jump by 16 cents per gallon.
The carbon tax would also establish a "clean energy and jobs account" to help residents and employers transition to cleaner energy options and mitigate any potential economic harm from the carbon fee imposed, including direct dividends to both employers and state residents. (Source: Heartland Inst. 24 April, 2017)
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