Which States Enacted the Best Renewable Energy Policies in 2010?


Within the solar energy industry, the Interstate Renewable EnergyCouncil (IREC) is looked to as a leading source of information onrenewable energy policy — at the municipal, state and federal levels. In addition to helping run the DSIRE database, the organization issuescountless reports and studies on things like net metering,interconnection and workforce development.

Recently, IREC issued its “top 10 in ’10? list, highlighting those states that, for better or worse, made headlines for enacting or altering renewable energy policies. Here are the statesthat made IREC’s “nice” list:

  • California, for raising the cap on net metering under Assembly Bill 510
  • Colorado, for boosting its renewable energy standard for investor-owned utilities to 30 percent from 20 percent, by 2020.
  • Colorado, for clearing the way for the development of community-based solar installations — or so-called “solar gardens.”
  • Hawaii, for making its feed-in tariff program a reality
  • Massachusetts, for adding a solar “carveout” to its renewable energy standard. As a result, the state now has a target of nearly 400megawatts (MW) of solar generating capacity.
  • New Jersey, for becoming the first U.S. state to establish amandatory target for offshore wind in its renewable energy standardpolicy. The target currently stands at 1,100 MW of offshore windcapacity.
  • West Virginia, surprisingly, made the cut for its efforts to boostnet metering caps for commercial and industrial customers, to 500kilowatts (kW) and 2 MW, respectively.

And here are the state’s that made IREC’s “naughty” list:

  • Oregon, for cutting its generous Business Energy Tax Credit program.
  • Florida, for letting a number of its solar power and renewable energy incentive programs expire.
  • Ohio, for suspending funding for solar projects under its Advanced Energy Fund, due to unprecedented demand.

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As for the completeness of the list, I might have added California’s recently OK’d reverse auction mechanism (RAM) and Oregon’s pilot feed-in tariff, which went live this year. Any other suggestions/additions?

Which States Enacted the Best Renewable Energy Policies in 2010?


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