Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Growing driver of Renewable Energy Use: State policies

Hey solarDwellers:

RPS is an acronym I've been seeing a lot lately. "Renewable Portfolio Standard" is just state energy bureaucracy talk for, "Dude, what percentage of our electricity production should be from renewable sources, like, you know, green energy dude?"

State departments of energy are a HUGE driver of how much wind, solar, hydro and biomass-based electricity will ultimately get pushed out onto the grid. Progressive state green energy targets can help deal with our global warming problem, given that about 70% of our greenhouse emission prob comes simply from producing electricity, despite the fact that all the press writes out is SUV's and peak oil(see my post re: peak oil is NOT the problem).

So, now we have New Jersey's proposal from this article:
"THE ISSUE: On Wednesday, the Board of Public Utilities will vote on a proposal that would mandate that 20 percent of energy available in the state come from renewable energy sources such as wind or solar by 2020."

And then some examples from other states, which should each receive a prize from the treasure chest or a happy face sticker:
"OTHER STATES: California requires that 20 percent of its energy come from renewable sources by 2017 but may meet that goal by 2010. Nevada is aiming for 20 percent by 2015, and Hawaii wants to hit 20 percent by 2020."

We gotta get that green electricity flowin!!!

--the solarDweller
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1 comment:

GreenGOP said...

Couldn't agree with you more. I believe the markets will guide policy makers. New, cleaner sources of power mean new jobs, a steadier economy, stronger national security and reduced health care costs. Sounds like a Republican platform to me, and I hope more GOPers, and the dems some dems get on board.