Seven NE States Agree to Global Warming Pollution Caps

Date: 13 Jan 2006 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Seven northeastern states have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to implement a Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). The MOU outlines the program to cap greenhouse gas emissions through 2014 and reduce emissions by 10 percent by 2019, including the framework for a Model Rule to be released in draft form in 90 days.

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Update: California PUC Approves Solar Initiative

Date: 13 Jan 2006 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Yesterday, the California Public Utilities Commission approved the California Solar Initiative, a comprehensive proposal that provides an additional $2.9 billion in incentives toward 3,000 MW of solar development over the next 11 years.

The California Solar Initiative includes the following provisions:

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Update: New Mexico Regulators Promote On-Site Solar Projects

Date: 10 Jan 2006 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The New Mexico Public Regulatory Commission (PRC) has ordered the state’s largest utility, PNM, to pay 13 cents/kWh for the “green attributes” of interconnected solar photovoltaic systems under 10 kW. The program becomes effective as of March 2006 and has funding available for about 1.2 MW worth of solar projects over the life of the program.… Read More

LA Municipal Utility Will Ask Customers To Support Accelerated Renewable Energy Commitments

Date: 22 Dec 2005 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Board of Water and Power Commissioners for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) wants the municipal utility to meet their renewable portfolio standard (RPS) seven years earlier than a previous goal required. LADWP will start meeting directly with neighborhood councils, homeowners, businesses and other stakeholders to discuss the plan.

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Community Based Energy Development Moving Ahead in Minnesota

Date: 16 Dec 2005 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A Community Based Energy Development (C-BED) organization has been formed to help landowners and/or investors make connections with each other. C-BED tariffs have been filed for approval by a handful of Minnesota utilities. And the Governor’s office has pledged that at least 800 MW of C-BED wind energy projects will be operational by 2010.

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California PUC Offers 3,000 MW Solar Plan

Date: 15 Dec 2005 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The California Public Utilities Commission released details of a $3.2-billion plan to generate 3,000 MWs of solar power in the state over the next 11 years. The initiative would cost the average residential customer about $7.00 per year. Incentives would be decreased from about $400 million in 2006 to just over $100 million in 2016.

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