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Kansas takes air out of wind power mandate

The renewable power mandate in Kansas, which helped vault the state to become one of the top six wind power producers in the country, may be about to become a victim of its own success. Gov. Sam Brownback is poised to sign a bill repealing the mandate and making it voluntary instead.
20 May 2015

Some Kansas environmental groups disappointed with clean energy compromise

The bill strikes the state's current requirement, known as a "renewable portfolio standard," or RPS, which requires electric utilities to produce at least 20 percent of their power from renewable resources by 2020 and replaces it with a voluntary "goal." It also reduces property tax exemptions for renewable energy projects to 10 years instead of the life of the project. 
18 May 2015

Renewable energy law may face late hurdle

Despite goals that require the growth of new renewable energy projects, towns and advocates say lawmakers have not taken up meaningful legislation on how and where to better build solar and wind projects. Hallquist said the state may need to revisit its renewable energy goals if communities continue to push back against renewable energy developments.
14 May 2015

Maine lawmakers consider taking away wind power’s expedited permits

The bill, L.D. 1329, would eliminate the “expedited permitting” that industry supporters say has been key to making Maine the top wind power state in New England. Critics contend, however, that the law has forced Maine taxpayers to subsidize a costly and unpredictable energy source that mars the landscape while offering few, if any, environmental benefits.
6 May 2015

Energy regulations to kill thousands of Nevada jobs

Legislatively mandated renewable portfolio rules are already costing ratepayers millions of dollars and thousands of jobs, according to a previous Beacon Hill study that NPRI commissioned and released. All these losses come because the State of Nevada has told its energy utility that it may no longer use energy sources that have served consumers for decades and must instead replace them with more socially acceptable technologies.
27 Apr 2015

Texas Senate bill affecting incentives causing concern in local wind industry

Lubbock Power & Light officials are anticipating House representatives will approve SB 931 and are helping the West Texas Municipal Power Association to maximize the value of RECs WTMPA currently holds before the bill is implemented. If SB 931 is passed by the majority of the Legislature the bill would take effect Sept.1. If it’s passed by two-thirds of the Legislature, the bill will take effect immediately after Gov. Greg Abbott signs it.
26 Apr 2015

USU business professor hits back at Newsweek over wind power op-ed

The kerfuffle began when an op-ed writted by Randy Simmons, an economics and finance professor for the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business ran in the April 11 edition of Newsweek after first being published by The Conversation, an international global publishing platform. ...Simmons has written a slew of columns over the years online and in various publications. “I do the same kind of research that I’ve been doing for 35 years, and it appears to me what wind is all about in many cases is farming subsidies from the government, which is something economists call ‘rent-seeking.’” 
24 Apr 2015

Texas Senate passes bill to end state renewable program

The program, established in 1999, had called for 10,000 megawatts of wind and solar power by 2025. But buoyed by improved turbine technology and an $7 billion transmission line project connecting West Texas to urban centers to the east, Texas passed that goal five years ago. It now counts 12,800 megawatts of wind energy capacity — at times enough to generate a quarter of the electricity on the grid.
15 Apr 2015

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