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Renewable Energy

NET METERING POLICIES

solar panels installedState net metering policies have facilitated the expansion of renewable energy through on-site generation, allowing customers to sell excess electricity to a utility and receive credit on their utility bill. This web brief provides an overview of state net metering policies, including recent regulatory and legislative action exploring the costs and benefits of net metering policies.

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SOLAR ENERGY

house with solar and windRead this August State Legislatures article about how installed solar capacity has increased 418 percent in the U.S. and falling prices have made solar competitive with traditional energy sources for utilities in some regions.

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RENEWABLE PORTFOLIO STANDARDS

windmillsThis "State Renewable Portfolio Standards and Goals " chart shows state activity requiring utilities, municipalities and electric cooperatives to sell a specified percentage or amount of renewable electricity. Twenty-nine states, Washington, D.C., and two territories have adopted an RPS, while eight states and two territories have set renewable energy goals. View an overview of state action on Renewable Portfolio Standards in 2013.

 

 

WEBINARS

Webinar logoView recordings and presentations of several recent NCSL webinars exploring the impacts of increasing amounts of renewable energy on the electric grid and on utilities:

OVERVIEW

Renewable energy resources, including solar, wind, geothermal, biomass and ocean technologies, play an increasingly important role in providing energy to power today’s modern economy. As renewable energy technologies’ share of the energy mix grows, lawmakers are seeking innovative ways to meet integration and technological challenges while continuing to harvest the Earth’s inexhaustible resources.

 

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