Policy Watch – Page 98

Oregon Governor May Veto Bills That Encourage Renewable Energy Development

Posted by SI Staff on August 04, 2009

Gov. Ted Kulongoski, D-Ore., has issued a possible intent to veto relating to a pair of state House bills, which, if passed, would be detrimental to Oregon's renewable energy efforts. H.B.2472, known as the Business Energy Tax Credit (BETC), ensures [Read More]

Illinois Governor Signs Bill On Bonding Authority For Renewable Energy

Posted by SI Staff on July 31, 2009

Gov. Pat Quinn, D-Ill., has signed a financing bill that provides a state-backed guarantee supporting construction of renewable energy and clean coal projects that will create jobs across Illinois. S.B.1906 clarifies the Illinois Finance Authority's (IFA) existing bonding authority for [Read More]

DOE, Treasury Now Accepting Applications For Renewable Energy Cash-Grant Program

Posted by SI Staff on July 31, 2009

The U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of the Treasury have announced that they are now accepting applications for their program that will make direct payments in lieu of tax credits to companies that create and place in [Read More]

DOE Releases Funding For Solar Energy Grid Integration, New RE Loan Guarantees

Posted by SI Staff on July 30, 2009

Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced the investment of up to $11.8 million – $5 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) – for five projects designed to advance the next stage of development of solar energy grid [Read More]

DOE Awards More Than $54 Million For State Energy Programs

Posted by SI Staff on July 29, 2009

The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced more than $54 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) to support energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in Nevada, Rhode Island, Vermont and Wisconsin. Under DOE's [Read More]

Pa. Governor Introduces New Tax Credit For RE Production Projects

Posted by SI Staff on July 28, 2009

Gov. Edward G. Rendell, D-Pa., has announced the availability of a new tax credit designed to help Pennsylvanians create renewable energy. The Alternative Energy Production Tax Credit Program provides a tax credit of 15% of the net cost of alternative [Read More]

Initiative Would Boost Renewable Electricity Standard In Michigan

Posted by SI Staff on July 28, 2009

Rep. Pam Byrnes, D-Lyndon Township, has unveiled legislation designed to increase the usage of renewable energy in Michigan and create jobs in the renewable energy sector in the state. The initiative would require that 30% of electricity come from renewable [Read More]

FERC Issues Smart Grid Policy Statement Designed To Accelerate Development

Posted by SI Staff on July 22, 2009

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has released the Smart Grid Policy Statement, which sets priorities for work on development of standards crucial to a reliable and smart grid. Smart grid advancements will apply digital technologies to the grid, enabling [Read More]

Rhode Island Governor Signs Important Net Metering Legislation

Posted by SI Staff on July 21, 2009

Gov. Donald L. Carcieri, R-R.I., has signed H.5461A – net metering legislation that encourages renewable energy production by crediting system owners for the energy their systems feed into the grid. The governor signed similar legislation, S.485, from the State Senate [Read More]

Granholm Administration Helping Small Michigan Manufacturers Diversify

Posted by SI Staff on July 21, 2009

Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm, D-Mich., says her administration will make $15 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funds available to small manufacturing companies in Michigan looking to diversify and create jobs in renewable energy through the Michigan [Read More]