In a 2018 announcement, NV Energy noted plans to add six more large-scale solar projects, three of which will include battery storage capacity. NV Energy also recently submitted its annually-required renewable portfolio standard (RPS) compliance filing to the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada, which stated that the company had exceeded the current RPS requirement for the ninth-straight year. Instead of the 20 pct required today, 24 pct of the energy the company provides is generated from renewable resources.
Nevada is a leader in renewable energy, ranking fourth in solar and second in geothermal. NV Energy has fostered renewable development since before a renewable standard was put into place, having signed its first geothermal contract in 1986. Thanks to expanding renewable energy serving our customers and the retirement of coal-fueled generation in Nevada, the state experienced an 85 pct reduction in coal-fueled carbon emissions and reduced carbon emissions from the electric industry by 44 pct from 2005 to 2015.
NV Energy Inc, which provides a range of energy services to more than 1.4 million customers throughout Nevada, is a holding company whose principal subsidiaries, Nevada Power Company and Sierra Pacific Power Company, do business as NV Energy. (Source: NV Energy, PR 23 April, 2019) Contact: NV Energy,
Doug Cannon, Pres., CEO,
Senior Corporate Communication Specialist,
(775) 834-3891, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.nvenergy.com
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Minnesota is seven years ahead of meeting its 20 pct renewable energy standard set in 2015, and working toward an aggressive 80 pct reduction in carbon emissions by 2050 -- exceeding the goals of the Paris Agreement.
"We Are Still In" campaign members agree that, in the absence of federal climate leadership, they'll keep doing what's necessary to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase the amount of clean energy they use.
(Source: "We Are Still In" website, The Uptake, 3 July, 2018) Contact: "We Are Still In" Campaign, www.wearestillin.com
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A recently introduced ballot
contemplates increasing the RPS gradually over several years --
26 pct by 2022; 34 pct by 2024; 42 pct by 2027; and 50 pct by 2030.
NV Energy has not publicly taken a position on the ballot measure, but the utility did announce plans in January to double its renewable energy delivery by 2023. In the same announcement, the utility said its long-term goal is to move toward 100 percent renewable power.
(Source: NV Energy, PR, Nevada Independent, April, 2018) Contact: NV Energy, Dave Ulozas, VP Renewable Resources, (702) 402-5000, www.nvenergy.com
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If passed, HB 2005 would be incorporated into the State Constitution which empowers the five-member Arizona Corporation Commission to set utility rates and determine the appropriate mix of energy sources.
Using that authority the commission set the goal of 15 pct from renewable sources by 2025.
This initiative would amend the constitution to boost that to 50 pct by 2030. (Source: Arizona Corporation Commission, Payson Roundup, 15 Mar., 2018)
Contact: Arizona Corporation Commission, (602) 542-4251, www.azcc.gov
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The Button Up program grew out of Vermont's Renewable Energy Standard requiring electric utilities to support customers move off of fossil fuels to reach the state's goal of using 90 pct renewable energy in all areas by 2050. The cash incentive funds are from the Vermont Low-Income Trust for Energy (VLITE).
The Button Up program will grant $2,000 toward home weatherization, up to $1,000 toward cold climate heat pumps, $850 for heat pump water heaters, $1,450 for solar hot water heaters, and $3,000 for pellet boilers.
Washington Electric Co-op is a member-owned, not-for-profit electric utility founded in 1939. WEC delivers 100 pct renewable energy generated electric power to approximately 10,800 member-owners in 41 Vermont communities. (Source: Washington Electric Cooperative, PR 12 Feb., 2018) Contact: Washington Electric Coop, Patty Richards, GM, (802) 223-5245, www.washingtonelectric.coop
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The policy requires utilities purchase enough renewable energy certificates equivalent to a set percentage of their electricity supply or pay a penalty. Each certificate represents 1 megawatt-hour of electricity generated from renewable energy source.
According to the state Public Service Commission, Maryland electricity ratepayers paid more than $125 million for the renewable energy certificates in 2015.
Wind and solar currently powers 117,000 residents in Baltimore.
A similar previous proposal to increase the state's use of renewable energy was vetoed by Gov. Larry Hogan on the grounds that it would increase residential electric power rates. (Source: Morningside Herald, Various Others, 16 Sept., 2017)
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The clean energy proposal would entail a $2.5 billion investment in rural Colorado that could increase the state's renewable energy standard to 55 pct by 2026. Xcel intends to issue an all-source RfP seeking up to 1,000 MW of wind, 700 MW of solar and 700 MW of natural gas and/or storage capacity. The plan sets utility ownership targets of 50 pct of renewable generation resources and 75 pct of natural gas-fired, storage, or renewable with storage generation resources in the portfolio, according to an Xcel statement.
The plan is subject to CPUC approval.
(Source: Xcel Energy, 30 Aug., 2017) Contact: Xcel Energy Colorado, David Eves, Pres., www.xcelenergy.com;
Colorado Public Utilities Commission, (303) 894-2000, www.colorado.gov/pacific/dora/puc
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The bill would allow customers that have signed a contract with an independent power company to avoid paying the supplier extra charges for green power. It would also let individual power companies decide what percentage of the power it sells has been generated by renewable technologies such as wind and solar. The law currently demands that by 2026, 12.5 pct of the power sold must be from renewables.
The standards under this proposed legislation would be completely voluntary and there would be no penalties for companies that chose not to sell green power without fines or penalties. And in 2026, even the voluntary benchmarks would be completely eliminated.
The legislation does, however, continues rules on Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) but would effectively kill the future value of RECs. (Source: Cleveland.com, Various Other Media, 7 Mar., 2017)
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The agency's renewable energy portfolio also includes 44 MW of wind energy from the Oak Glen Wind Farm, 8 MW of bioenergy from Hometown BioEnergy, and renewable energy purchases from other utilities. MMPA signed a long-term contract with Sempra U.S. Gas & Power for the output of the Black Oak Getty Wind Farm. The wind farm, comprised of 39 wind turbines, entered commercial operation in December 2016.
MMPA wholesales electricity to its member communities who in turn deliver and sell that electricity to the residential and business customers in their communities.
Minnesota's Renewable Energy Standard requires 25 pct of the Agency's energy to come from renewable sources by 2025.
(Source: Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, 8 Feb., 2017) Contact: MMPA, (612) 349-6868. www.mmpa.org
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The measure would increase requirements to use energy sources like wind and solar power to 25 pct by 2020 from the present 20 pct by 2022. (Source: Beliot Daily News, Others, 31 Jan., 2017)
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