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NV Energy Lauds Nevada Renewables Portfolio Increase (Ind. Report)
NV Energy
Date: 2019-04-24
Reporting from Las Vegas, NV Energy joined Governor Steve Sisolak, Senator Chris Brooks and other supporters, as the Governor signed into law Senate Bill 358, which increases Nevada's renewable portfolio standard to 50 pct by 2030.

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, Kristen Saibini, Senior Corporate Communication Specialist, (775) 834-3891, ksaibini@nvenergy.com, www.nvenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NV Energy,  Renewable Energy Portfolio,  Renewable Energy Standard,  


AEP Ohio Announces Commitment to Renewable Energy
AEP Ohio
Date: 2018-09-23
AEP Ohio has announced a commitment to eventually double wind and solar generation in Ohio. Supporters say the plan sends a signal around the country to clean energy companies. AEP Ohio’s proposal is the next step in their plan to move away from coal power. Neil Waggoner is with the Sierra Club, which agreed to support the plan in 2015. Waggoner says AEP’s project and the state’s renewable energy standards are a signal to solar and wind developers. “If we just get out of our own way we’re gonna see more commitments like what AEP is trying to do and we’re gonna see Ohio clean energy just really take off," Waggoner said. Ohio lawmakers have tried repealing the standards mandating wind and solar power. A bill to change those standards could come up again after the November election. (Source: AEP, WKSU, 22 Sept., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News AEP Ohio news,  Renewable Energy news,  


Gopher State Joins "We Are Still In" Climate Campaign (Ind. Report)
"We Are Still In"
Date: 2018-07-03
Despite Trump's withdrawal of the US from the Paris Climate Agreement due to "burdensome financial obligations", the aims and goals of the agreement are broadly supported across the US by more than 2,800 non-federal players committed to the "We Are Still In" campaign, including Minnesota.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News "We Are Still In",  Paris Climate Agreement,  Climate Change,  


NV Energy Surpasses Renewable Energy Standards (Ind. Report)
NV Energy
Date: 2018-04-09
Following up on our Nov. 10, 2017 coverage, NV Energy reports it has surpassed Nevada's renewable energy requirements for the eighth consecutive year. In 2017, NV Energy had a 24 pct clean energy portfolio that included solar, wind, geothermal and credits from renewable projects. Under law, NV Energy meet a 20 percent Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS).

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News NV Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Renewable Portfolio Standard ,  


AZ Senate Moves to Unplug Renewable Energy Standard (Reg & Leg)
Arizona,Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-03-21
In Phoenix, the five-member Arizona Corporation Commission (Public Utilities Commission) reports it has approved HB 2005 giving utilities a way to avoid sourcing half their electricity from renewable sources by 2030. HB 2005, the "Clean Energy for Healthy Arizonans" measure, if approved by the Republican-controlled senate and the state's voters, would sharply boost existing commission rules requiring 15 pct of all power come from renewable sources by 2025.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Standard,  Renewable Energy Arizona,  Renewables,  


Vermont Co-op Ups Energy Efficiency Incentives (Ind. Report)
Washington Electric Co-op
Date: 2018-02-14
In Vermont, East Montpelier-based Washington Electric Co-op (WEC) reports its Button Up program is increasing cash incentives for moderate- and low-income WEC members investing in energy-efficient weatherization, heating and EV and Hybrid Electric vehicle purchases.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Washington Electric Co-op ,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Incentives,  


Renewable Energy, Environmental Groups Want Maryland's Renewable Energy Standard Increased (Ind. Report)
Maryland
Date: 2017-09-20
Maryland environmental advocates along with renewable energy developers and stakeholders are calling for the state to increase its renewable energy mandate to require 50 pct of the Old Line State's power to come from renewable sources by 2013.

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)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  


Xcel Announces 2.4-GW Colorado Clean Energy Plan (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy,Colorado Public Utilities Commission
Date: 2017-09-01
Xcel Energy and a coalition of 14 diverse groups have presented a new Colorado Energy Plan to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) that includes adding 2,400 MW of clean energy capacity, mostly from renewable sources.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy,  Renewable Energy,  


GOP Aims to Kill Buckeye State Renewables Mandates (Reg & Leg)
Ohio, Renewable Energ
Date: 2017-03-10
In the Buckeye State, the Republican dominated Ohio House is considering legislation that would make voluntary the mandates that now require power companies to generate or buy and sell a percentage of their power from wind, solar and other renewable energy technologies.

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)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Standard,  Energy Efficiency,  


MMPA Adds More Winds to Renewable Power Portfolio (Ind. Report)
Minnesota Municipal Power Agency
Date: 2017-02-13
In Minneapolis, electric power wholesaler Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (MMPA) is reporting the addition of power from Sempra's 78-MW Black Oak Getty Wind Farm in Stearns County to its renewables portfolio.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Minnesota Municipal Power Agency ,  Wind,  Renewable Energy,  


Maryland House Supports Renewable Energy Standard (Reg. & Leg,)
Maryland
Date: 2017-02-03
In Maryland , the Democrat-controlled House of Delegates reports it has over-ridden Republican Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of legislation that would have boosted the "Old Line" State's renewable energy standards. The measure is now before the State Senate.

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)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Standard,  

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