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What is Your State Doing to Promote Renewable Energy?

1/14/2009 10:32:30 AM

Tags: renewable energy, electricity, net metering, RPS, states, energy policy

 

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Here in Kansas we got some unexpected good news this week. There’s new momentum at the state level to pass new regulations to promote renewable energy. (Kansas has lagged behind most other U.S. states on this.) For any fellow Kansans out there, here’s an article from the The Lawrence Journal World with more details.

For others in the United States, here’s how you can find out more about what your state is doing to promote renewable energy. Follow the links below to see how your state compares in two key areas:
 

1. Does your state have a net metering law? 

These laws affect the price homeowners get paid for any electricity they produce. Check out the Department of Energy’s EERE Website for more on how net metering policies work, including this handy map which shows which states have net metering laws. (Hint: All but eight states do.)

2. How about a renewable portfolio standard?   

These are goals the states set to mandate how much of their electricity must come from renewable sources. So far, 24 states have RPS policies. You can find out which ones by checking out this map, as well as this table, to see which states are setting the highest goals. (As usual, California is at the head of the class on renewable energy, but many other states have set ambitious goals.)

I’m looking forward to the day that Kansas is on these lists.

To find out about other renewable energy-related activities that are happening in your state, check out this EERE page of State Activities and Partnerships.



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Robert Bullard_2
1/27/2009 6:33:14 PM
The other Green energy HYDRO West Virgina along with many other states have many flood control dams with no generators in my home area (the mountain lakes area) we have 5 with only one generator at summersville the dam at sutton on the elk river was built so a generator could be installed. Instead of adding the needed equipment which would work when we need the power (when the wind doesn't blow or the sun doesn't shine) we can just burn coal or sell it to other states to burn.

gRENAde
1/26/2009 8:51:16 AM
Although it may appear that California is embracing the new alternative fuel technologies, in most counties this is false. Permits for solar collection set-ups are OUTRAGEOUSLY high in my county. I live in a very rural, non-incorporated area of Monterey County. My neighbor has "tusseled" with the County Inspectors regarding his solar panels. He does sell back his excess energy, but still ends up with a sizable bill every month. I believe his system needs more storage, i.e., batteries. This same neighbor wanted to erect a small wind turbine. He was given every run-around at the County Planner's Office, until the County decided that the cost of permits for the project would just put it out of the reach of ANY working-Joe. The tyrannical local government/s won't be denied the last word, their veto. Sometimes, I think they puff out their shirts just because they CAN. We already have experience with these jokers when we built this ranch. Our church had others with such building projects and county building codes and rules have been arbitrarily applied to each project. Same county, different rules. Some inspectors were actually working from older rule books, while some seemed to have the, "Ughm, the most current."

A.B. Kahler
1/24/2009 12:08:04 PM
I live in South Dakota. I wrote to my local representatives and did not even get a response to net metering. My state would rather let large corporations to reap the benefits of our natural wind power and solar power. When I talked to the power company about net metering, they told me how dangerous it was for them and that we would need switches etc. too keep from powering up lines that they are working on. I told them that I knew this and that all these systems have the switches included. They then told me that they would pay a net metering of about 1/10 of what they pay for electricity from their generators and power plants. This makes little or no sense with our energy crisis the world is facing. South Dakota is one of the windiest states in the union, if not thee windiest. Please, help me teach South Dakota the error of her ways. Thank you, A.B. Kahler

Richard Dean
1/23/2009 4:35:02 PM
to me ity seem funny as hell that granholm is beating the bush to bring compaines to mich. but we arew one of the few states that dosnt have net mettering or soler mettering or wind mettering hhhhmmmmmm. what are we to do when we cant even get are own state to annyup and step foward makes you think where in the dam stoneage , but then i guess the dte dosnt whant anyone to give them compitission they keep raiseing there fees and cost sone many will just say fudge it and leave the dam state, oh and last one out of state leave the dam light on but thats this country boys thoughts and opinion shrugs shoulders

Leslie_2
1/23/2009 10:17:01 AM
Although CO is listed, not all areas are as cooperative as XCEL energy. i am on IREA ( http://www.intermountain-rea.com/Index.html ) And even though they say they allow interconnect, they make it as difficult as they can while still honoring our state law. If you look under legislation you find that they indicate that we are not in a climate crisis, alternative power is not all that reliable (the wind is constantly blowing hard here at my house) and so on and so on. Until the backward thinking managers are removed from their positions in many agencies, the climb to home based alternative energy will be met with road blocks. There is also the issue of HOA CCR which limit or forbid any types of solar either water or electric as it will 'detract from the value of homes'. We still have a long, long way to go folks. I have a off-grid system so when IREA drops power, which they do a lot, I just switch over to my independent source and have the power I need while the surrounding ranches are in the dark.







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