New Bill Proposes Tax Credits for Renewable Energy Storage

The Storage Technology for Renewable and Green Energy Act of 2013, or STORAGE 2013 Act, seeks to make the energy grid cleaner and more efficient, and to reduce the cost of electricity to consumers. Today’s energy grid system suffers from the high demand for energy that occurs during peak times...

DOE Announces Record U.S. Wind Energy Production, New Study on Solar Land Requirements

In three recently issued reports, the Department of Energy made public significant new developments in U.S. renewable energy generation. • DOE’s August 6 2012 Wind Technologies Market Report notes that, in the past year, wind energy became the top source of new U.S. electricity production...

New DOE Renewable Energy Data Book Shows Fast Growth for Wind and Solar Photovoltaics

The Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) published its 2012 Renewable Energy Data Book on November 23, 2013, reporting significant growth, particularly for wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies. Compared to 2011, cumulative installed wind capacity grew nearly...

President Increases Federal Agency Renewable Energy Goals

On December 5, 2013, President Obama issued a Memorandum to the heads of executive departments and agencies to push the “Administration’s climate change goals and increase development of new renewable energy sources.” With respect to renewable energy, the President increased the...

Colorado Ruling Upholds Renewable Energy Standard but Leaves Questions Unanswered

A Colorado federal judge has dismissed a suit challenging the constitutionality of Colorado’s Renewable Energy Standard (“RES”). Colorado’s RES was created by the passage of Amendment 37 in 2004 and codified in 2005 as Colorado Revised Statute § 40-2-124, [ enhanced version...

State Net Capitol Journal: Renewable Energy On Track Despite Setbacks

State mandates to use more renewable energy have run into some roadblocks, but many are still on target in spite of these setbacks. The relentless march of the states to greater use of renewable energy has hit some bumps on the road. The biggest bump occurred in Ohio, where the legislature last...