Ontario Developing Standardized Pricing for On-Site Renewable Electricity

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

Ontario’s Premier, Dalton McGuinty, has directed the Ontario Power Authority and the Ontario Energy Board to prepare a standard offer approach by the end of the year for distributed generation projects under 10MW. The new rules will be designed to encourage homeowners, farmers, schools and community co-ops to build renewable energy systems and sell excess clean electricity back to the grid at standardized prices.

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Update: California’s Agressive Solar Energy Plan Stalls in Committee

Date: 13 Sep 2005 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The multi-year legislative effort to establish the nation’s most agressive solar power initiative was killed in committee on the last day of California’s legislative session. Early, broadbased support for 3,000 MW of new photovoltaic capacity and bi-partisan votes wasn’t enough to overcome some sensitive last-minute amendments to the original proposal.

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Klickitat County’s Energy Overlay Zone Streamlines Future Siting of Energy Projects

Date: 6 Jul 2005 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Over three years, Klickitat County in southern Washington, studied the potential impacts of future energy projects within its borders and came up with a plan to direct those projects to the most appropriate areas. The county’s new "Energy Overlay Zone" is a zoning tool aimed at expediting renewable energy development. The Energy Overlay Zone covers more than 1,000 square miles, two-thirds of Klickitat County.

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Gas Optional Vehicles: Austin Energy Charges Ahead

Date: 7 Jun 2005 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Preferring the term “gas-optional” vehicles rather than plug-in electric hybrids, Austin Energy has adopted a strategy to diversify and grow its electric utility operations and hopes to convince cities nationwide to follow their lead.

Roger Duncan at Austin Energy is traveling the country promoting the idea that the time is ripe for a convergence of municipally owned electrical operations with the transportation sector. The fit becomes natural through the increased use of gas-optional vehicles (GOVs).

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