Shortage of renewable energy grows
By 2015, New England will face a gap of 1,500 megawatts - enough to power 1.1 million homes - between green-energy resources and what's needed to meet standards, Northeast Utilities says. It will have to import clean energy from Canada, though there are now inadequate transmission lines to do so.
Shortages could keep utilities from meeting state mandates, leading to hefty penalties, Bird says.
October 3, 2007
by Paul Davidson
in USA Today
Demand for renewable energy is outstripping supply, pushing up prices and raising the specter that some states may not meet clean-energy mandates.
Behind the shortage are the growing number of states requiring utilities to include clean energy in their power mix, as well as surging demand from big businesses.
By 2010, clean-energy demand will outpace generation by at least 37% unless a rush of projects is built, says a report due out next week from the National Renewable Energy Lab.
Under laws in 25 states, clean energy - such as wind, solar and biomass - must constitute up to 30% of... [continue via Web link]