August 5, 2013

14 Renewable Energy Bills Passed Already in 2013

Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) reports that the organization and its partners have participated in the passage of 14 bills to advance renewable energy at the U.S. state level in 2013.

AEE also notes that no renewable portfolio standard (RPS) policies were rolled back during the most recent legislative sessions. The legislatures in most U.S. states have ended for summer recess, with the exception of legislatures that meet year-round.

Successes in Minnesota, North Carolina, California

AEE particularly notes the success in Minnesota, where a “Value of Solar Tariff” similar to a feed-in tariff was established, as well as a program for shared “solar gardens”. The organization also notes the creation of a revolving loan fund for clean energy projects in California.

Many of the victories during the session were defensive, such as the defeat of an effort to repeal North Carolina's Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Standard. In Colorado, a legal challenge to the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) was defeated, and another bill doubled the renewable energy requirement for rural cooperatives.

Altogether, AEE reports 56 legislative victories, including in the areas of financing, regulatory and economic development measures. 

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