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RPS AND NET METERING

solar panels installedRenewable Portfolio Standards require 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. State 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. View these briefs for an overview of state policies and recent legislative action.

 
 

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.

 

 

PACE FINANCING

solar installationProperty Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing help eliminate cost barriers by allowing consumers to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy projects on homes and businesses through their yearly property assessments. Currently 31 states and Washington, D.C. have authorized PACE financing and 12 states have active PACE programs. View examples of state legislative activity and highlights from existing programs.

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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