Nevada’s Public Utilities Commission met on August 13th to discuss the contentious state solar cap and the realization that its limit on participating households could be reached by the end of the month. Since 2008, Nevada has led the country in solar energy development. $569 million was invested in 2014 alone. This has been in…Read More
North Carolina’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (REPS) was approved in 2007 and requires utilities to produce part of the power they sell from renewable sources. The law required utilities to have renewables as 3 percent of sales by 2012 with incrementals increases until the total reaches 12.5 percent in 2021. Recent legislative activity via NC…Read More
California has been widely regarded as a leader in renewable energy initiatives for some time. It is the leader in total solar energy generation and one of the top three states for total wind energy generation. However, with the largest population in the country (over 38 million), California falls far short of being a leader when its renewable energy portfolio is taken on a per person basis.
Because EnergyTrends.org is focused on building a better understanding of the energy we use, it has been our commitment to discuss energy on a per-person basis. It can be a game changer when states are viewed through this lens. In fact, California may be the leader in total solar energy generation and a top producer of wind energy, but when taken on a per person basis California ranks 3rd for solar generation and only 22nd for wind energy.
California’s most recent renewable energy grade of a B placed it third in the country overall with a total point value of 68. It scored well in incremental electric savings, state incentives and expert evaluations, but was in the lower half of states in renewable energy growth (30th) and renewable energy generation (36th).Read More
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the 2013 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) that was established by Congress in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The rule requires the blending of 16.55 billion gallons of renewable fuels into the U.S. fuel supply in 2013. Specifically, the standard requires:
- 1.28 billion gallons of biomass-based diesel,
- 2.75 billion gallons of advanced biofuels, and
- 6 million gallons of cellulosic biofuels
The finalized standards are significantly lower than first recommended six months ago. In fact, the new target for cellulosic biofuel is less than half of what was first proposed. See the Energy Information Administration’s graph outlining the target volume standards more specifically.