Policy Watch – Page 4

Court Ruling Affirms States’ Authority On Renewable Energy Policy

Written by Miles Farmer on July 17, 2017

States’ authority to enact clean energy policy was significantly bolstered last week in an important federal district court decision. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois dismissed a challenge from fossil fuel companies that objected to an Illinois [Read More]

Bill To Establish 100% RPS Advances In California

Posted by Lauren Tyler on July 14, 2017

With the approval of S.B.100 by the California Assembly Utilities and Energy Committee, the Golden State has taken a step closer to establishing a 100% clean energy goal. The bill, which has already been approved by the Senate, was passed [Read More]

California Will Host Global Summit Focused On Paris Agreement

Posted by Joseph Bebon on July 07, 2017

Gov. Jerry Brown, D-Calif., has announced the state of California will convene the world’s climate leaders in San Francisco for the Global Climate Action Summit in September 2018. Brown made the announcement Thursday – on the eve of the G20 [Read More]

Mass Solar Connect Program Helps Massachusetts Consumers Shop Around

Posted by Joseph Bebon on July 07, 2017

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) recently partnered with nonprofit Mass Energy Consumers Alliance (Mass Energy) and Boston-based EnergySage to administer the 2017 Mass Solar Connect program, which aims to educate and help consumers go solar and level the playing [Read More]

Massachusetts Sets Energy Storage Target

Posted by Joseph Bebon on June 30, 2017

The new goal is the result of legislation passed last year, and one state official says energy storage has “the potential to be a game changer for Massachusetts.”

Industry Groups Praise Oregon’s Move Toward Community Solar

Posted by Joseph Bebon on June 30, 2017

On Thursday, the Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) adopted community solar rules that solar advocates say will bring the state one step closer to enabling all Oregonians to directly participate in, and benefit from, local solar projects without having to [Read More]

City Of Edmonds Establishes 100% Renewables Goal

Posted by Joseph Bebon on June 30, 2017

The Edmonds, Wash., City Council has approved a resolution establishing a community-wide goal of transitioning to 100% renewable energy by 2025. According to the Sierra Club, Edmonds represents the first city or town in Washington state to commit to 100% [Read More]

Connecticut Selects Community Solar Projects For Pilot Program

Posted by Joseph Bebon on June 29, 2017

After denying previous proposals, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has selected three projects to participate in a shared clean energy facilities pilot program, which was designed to make access to renewable power available to more state [Read More]

New Hampshire Shines In Solar Compromise

Written by Chris Rauscher on June 27, 2017

In this guest article, The Alliance for Solar Choice discusses what state regulators’ newly issued NEM order means for rooftop solar in New Hampshire.

New York Lawmakers Pass Energy Storage Legislation

Posted by Joseph Bebon on June 27, 2017

The New York state legislature recently approved a bill to establish an Energy Storage Deployment Program for the Empire State. The bill, sponsored by Assemblywoman Amy Paulin and Senator Joseph Griffo, passed both chambers of the legislature unanimously and now [Read More]