state policy

Feeling Gridlocked? New Report Grades State Power Systems and Inspires Modernization

February 11, 2016 by EDF Energy Exchange

State Grid Grades

The GridWise Alliance just released its 3rd Annual Grid Modernization Index. The Index goes beyond tracking investments that modernize the electric system; it explores the policies these investments can support, such as increasing efficiency and reducing emissions.[read more]

Reliability Prescription for States for Cutting Carbon Pollution: Plan Ahead, Plan Together

February 10, 2016 by NRDC Switchboard
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State Carbon Reduction Planning

The Clean Power Plan requires states to take grid reliability into account when developing their compliance plans. What does this mean? New guidance from the NERC, the organization which oversees the reliability of the North American electricity system, provides some answers.[read more]

The Future of RPS Policies

February 5, 2016 by Alex Gilbert

Future RPS Policies

State renewable portfolio standards are widely recognized for their critical role in driving renewable energy growth. However, their full impacts on future renewable energy development have not been fully recognized, even by key government agencies.[read more]

Understanding the Clean Energy Incentive Program

February 5, 2016 by Frank Swigonski

Clean Energy Incentives and Analysis

EPA’s greenhouse gas regulation, the Clean Power Plan, won’t take effect until 2022, but planning is already well underway in states across the country. Initial state compliance plans are due in September of this year but many states will opt for an extension and submit final plans in 2018.[read more]

State RPSs Central to Renewable Energy Growth

February 4, 2016 by Alex Gilbert

RPSs and Energy Growth

Federal energy policy developments received a significant amount of attention in 2015: The Clean Power Plan and renewable energy tax credits dominated headlines. However, this focus on national issues tends to obscure critical actions at the local and state levels that are just as important for energy systems.[read more]

California Climate Year In Review: A Tale Of Tremendous Progress

January 1, 2016 by NRDC Switchboard
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California Climate Progress

California passed the most aggressive clean energy targets in the world, established the most ambitious carbon reduction target in North America, divested its public pension funds from coal, and made unprecedented commitments to bring clean energy to disadvantaged communities.[read more]

New York's Banner Year for Clean Energy and Climate

December 25, 2015 by Kit Kennedy
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New York and State Energy Policy

When it comes to clean energy-solar and wind power in particular-2015 was a banner year in New York State. The Empire State climbed the solar charts and witnessed the largest wind power purchase agreement in New York's history. But there was much, much more.[read more]

Let the Planning Continue, Part 2: Even in States that have Sued EPA, Progress Toward Compliance

November 24, 2015 by Frank Swigonski

State Policy and the CPP

The publication of the final Clean Power Plan prompted a suite of suits from states, both in opposition and in support of the rule. However, the vast majority of states have started some part of the process of convening stakeholders, soliciting public input, and talking with EPA - even if those states that are suing.[read more]

New Jersey Accelerates Energy Efficiency Adoption with this New Pilot Project

November 5, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

New Jersey and Energy Efficiency

The large-scale adoption of energy efficiency in buildings is a key to achieving a cleaner environment, lower utility bills, and more comfort for customers. But increasing private capital investment in the energy efficiency market has been a big challenge.[read more]

Let the Planning Begin, Part 1: States Prepare to Comply with the Clean Power Plan - or Not

October 8, 2015 by Frank Swigonski

Clean Power Plan Compliance

Ever since the EPA released the final version of the Clean Power Plan, the rule’s 1,560 pages of dense text (and an equally daunting pile of Technical Support Documents) have kept legal analysts and policy wonks busy and bleary-eyed. Perhaps the most important group of readers, however, are state regulators.[read more]

California Takes the Lead on Climate Policy

September 9, 2015 by Steven Cohen
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With nearly 40 million people, California is our largest state by population and is in many ways the embodiment of the contemporary American Dream. California has long led the nation in environmental policy. Polling data in the state reports deep and broad support for protecting the environment.[read more]

Can California Ignore its Neighbors?

September 1, 2015 by James Bushnell
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California and Neighborly Risk

The U.S., has operated its power system as a collection of balkanized fiefdoms. Evidence from around the country, indicates that merging utility system operations can be a big win economically by reducing the amount of fuel burned, improving network utilization, and increasing reliability.[read more]

Major Fossil Fuel-Producing States Rely Heavily on Severance Taxes

August 24, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Fossil Fuel Production and Taxes

Severance taxes accounted for less than 2% of state tax collections in 2014, but in three states severance taxes provided a much larger share of total state tax revenue in that year. Pennsylvania is considering a severance tax, and currently derives less than 1% of its revenues from a well head fee.[read more]

EPA's Clean Power Plan Puts States in the Driver's Seat

August 5, 2015 by Bob Perciasepe

The finalization today of EPA’s Clean Power Plan offers Americans a clear, realistic roadmap for addressing planet-warming emissions that threaten the environment and the U.S. economy. Most importantly, it puts states in the driver’s seat to devise innovative strategies to reduce emissions.[read more]

California Dreamin' of Distributed Energy Resources, as Utilities File Plans

July 13, 2015 by Lexie Briggs

California and State Energy Policy

In many ways, California is a special case. With an economy about the same size of Canada’s ($2.3 trillion in 2014) and a population of more than 38 million (roughly one in eight Americans is a Californian), California’s energy policies affect huge numbers of people and a large portion of the American economy.[read more]