States Work to Meet 2015 Renewable Energy Standards - The Minute

States Work to Meet 2015 Renewable Energy Standards - The Minute

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Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 4:00pm


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Around the country, investor-owned utilities are working to meet new renewable energy standards that have kicked in at the start of 2015. Thirty states, the District of Columbia, and two U.S. territories have set mandated standards for the increased use of renewable energy during the past 10 years. Some have set specific goals. They range from New York state’s 29 percent of total energy output, one of the highest in the country, to New Mexico’s 15 percent, up from last year’s 10 percent. According to the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency, managed by the Department of Energy, most states are on track to meet their standards.

There have been some speed bumps on the road to renewables. Diversity requirements that call for certain percentages to come specifically from solar, wind, or other sources have proven to be a sourcing challenge for some utilities. And there are various issues about keeping costs down, from surcharges for solar customers to maintain the grid to limits on net metering, the sale of unused solar power back to utilities. But overall, the future for renewable energy in 2015 looks like one of continuing progress toward the use of more sustainable sources.

I’m John Howell for 3BL Media.

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