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U.S. Supreme Court Decision Will Not Harm Renewable Energy
by Jerry Elmer

On April 19, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in Hughes v. PPL, No. 14-614. The case addressed the kinds of incentives that states are allowed (or not allowed) to provide for certain kinds of energy production. For this reason, some environmentalists were concerned that the decision could affect the legality of Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS)…

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Rhode Island Senate Hearing on Two Renewable Energy Bills
by Jerry Elmer

Two separate pairs of renewable energy bills are wending their way through the Rhode Island General Assembly this session. (By “pairs of bills,” I mean identical, companion bills on the House and Senate sides of the legislature.) One of the two pairs of bills (S-2185 and H-7413) would extend the state’s Renewable Energy Standard (RES). …

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Renewable Energy Bill Heard in Rhode Island General Assembly
by Jerry Elmer

A bill, H-7413, which would extend Rhode Island’s Renewable Energy Standard (RES), had a very successful hearing in the House Corporations Committee last night, Tuesday, February 9. (What Rhode Island calls the RES is referred to as a “Renewable Portfolio Standard,” or RPS, in most other states.)  The Senate-side companion bill, S-2181, will be heard…

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Renewable Energy Bill Introduced Into Rhode Island General Assembly
by Jerry Elmer

On January 14, 2015, H-5079 was introduced into the Rhode Island House of Representatives. Representative Deborah Ruggiero (D-Jamestown) was the lead sponsor; House Environment Committee Chairman Arthur Handy (D-Cranston) was a co-sponsor. You can see a copy of the bill on the General Assembly’s website. The bill would extend the life of Rhode Island’s 2004…

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Why Should New England Subsidize Large-scale Canadian Hydropower?
by Christophe Courchesne

Get ready: long-simmering chatter among lobbyists and officials in state houses and administrative agencies is about to become a loud, insistent chorus proclaiming that New England needs to give Canadian hydropower financial incentives so that our region can meet renewable energy and climate goals. This policy change would be a wrong turn for a region…

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Would Northern Pass Swamp the Regional Market for Renewable Projects?
by Christophe Courchesne

With the Northern Pass project on the table, as well as other looming projects and initiatives to increase New England’s imports of Canadian hydroelectric power, the region’s energy future is coming to a crossroads. The choice to rely on new imports will have consequences that endure for decades, so it’s critical the region use the…