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Monday, 16 September 2013 19:57

The Political State of Renewable Energy

By Matt Lucas 9/16/13   Berc logo

“Washington can be a tough place”, said John MacWilliams, senior adviser to the Secretary of Energy, in his understated manner. “Luckily, we have a president who deeply cares about these issues [renewables and climate change], and he has appointed a Secretary of Energy who is uniquely qualified to address those issues.”

By George Dearing

In Tuesday's session on Renewable Energy in Mexico , Miguel Vazquez from the U.S. Commercial Service in Mexico City presented a detailed look at the challenges and opportunities for U.S. businesses wanting to market renewable solutions in Mexico . With its own presidential election looming, Vazquez says that Mexico 's renewable energy policies would likely get a boost, but warned its regulatory framework would continue to be a challenge as American businesses expand across the border.

He said things will likely be compounded by the fact that Mexico 's largest utility, CFE, has a mandate to buy the cheapest energy available. That's a policy decision that helps zero out solar all the way into the year 2026. U.S. companies are also limited in terms of how they can work with CFE, said Vazquez. Today, only power generation projects are considered, not distribution or transmission.

May 3 -- Duke Energy Corp. CEO Jim Rogers on Thursday put himself squarely on the side of the North Carolina's law promoting the use of renewable energy sources, as the law remains under attack in the N.C. General Assembly. >>View Article

Monday, 25 March 2013 14:54

Preserve Renewable Energy Standards

March 25 -- In 2005, the Montana Legislature set a modest, sensible energy standard that 15 percent of the power acquired by utilities would come from renewable energy – primarily wind – by 2015. Now some legislators are working to undermine that standard by redefining it. Changes proposed under Senate Bills 31 and 45 would effectively eliminate wind and solar power in future energy supplies. When lawmakers set the renewable energy standard, Montana had a mere 2 megawatts of generating capacity from wind turbines. Now we have 627 megawatts of capacity. View Article >>

Monday, 04 March 2013 20:44

Reid Correct About Renewable Energy

March 4 -- Nevada is home to tremendous untapped clean energy potential, as Sen. Harry Reid eloquently described in his recent address to the Nevada Legislature. The sensible reforms to the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard that he outlined should be implemented without delay. Nevada’s Renewable Portfolio Standard should chart a course toward additional solar, geothermal and wind investments while closing loopholes such as credits for an out-of-state hydroelectric project built more than a century ago. >>View Article

February 28 -- A new statewide public opinion poll has produced data showing most of Ohio voters agree there should be laws requiring some portion of local energy to be generated from clean sources, such as wind and solar. To be more specific, the poll found almost 80% of voters support legally requiring clean energy in Ohio. >>View Article

February 25 -- The Obama administration and Congress need to enact an ambitious, practical energy policy. They can start with a national standard for renewable energy. Many states have laws that require utilities to invest more in wind, solar and biomass energy and other forms of renewable power. The laws are getting results, but their competing rules and incentives create a tug of war among states for investors. A federal standard would help level the playing field among states, give investors greater market certainty and create jobs. >>View Article

December 27 -- Renewable energy projects are getting $250 million in funding next year as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Energy Highway Blueprint to advance New York state’s energy infrastructure.  >>View Article

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