Colorado’s Community Solar Program

BY LILLI AMBORT AND MARIA MCCOY | DATE: 17 FEB 2021 |  In 2010, Colorado passed the Community Solar Gardens Act (HB 1342), which enabled the statewide shared renewables pilot program. Colorado expanded the program through legislation (HB 1284) and a 2016 settlement deal with Xcel Energy, but it is still capped at 105 megawatts. The Community Solar Gardens Act encourages creation of community solar gardens by investor owned utilities (IOUs), with …

Safety stop for bikes

making the Safety Stop legal statewide. We enjoyed the conversation and are always excited to have such engaging dialogue about our policy initiatives.  As promised, we wanted to follow up with you all with some resources and recordings.  Here is the recording from last night’s conversation. Please forgive me: I forgot to hit record until we were a couple minutes into …

Colorado lawmakers plan to advance climate action

Colorado lawmakers plan a major push on climate change to strengthen Polis’ roadmap: Environmentalists say the governor’s plan isn’t strong enough; Polis wants any new bills to be business-friendly By ALEX BURNESS | aburness@denverpost.com | The Denver Post January 25, 2021 There’s growing frustration among impatient environmentalists with Colorado Gov. Jared Polis’ climate leadership, saying the Democrat — who campaigned in 2018 on a …

Nevada climate strategy outlines framework to phase out natural gas, electrify transportation

17 core policies analyzed in the report, the state established a framework that looked at each recommendation using four metrics: a policy’s potential for decreasing emissions, climate justice considerations, economic implications and the legal feasibility of implementing a policy. For the first time, it points policymakers beyond electricity, calling on them to phase out natural gas in buildings.  The climate strategy …

CT and Rhode Island’s path to 100% renewables targets the next decade

Connecticut plan lays out options for reaching zero-carbon power by 2040 Written by Lisa Prevost January 13, 2021 Connecticut’s draft integrated resources plan emphasizes that the Millstone nuclear facility, seen here, plays an “outsized role” in pathways to decarbonization. State energy officials conclude that eliminating emissions in two decades is feasible and affordable, but it will require changes from grid …

Electric utilities in Washington must eliminate coal-fired power by 2025 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2030

Washington state adopts rules to guide utilities to coal-free status by 2025, carbon-free by 2045 Utility Dive | Emma Penrod The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) and Washington State Department of Commerce announced Tuesday that they adopted rules in late December to guide implementation of the state’s 2019 Clean Energy Transformation Act. Under the law, electric utilities in Washington …

State ramps up detection of abandoned oil, gas wells

https://poststar.com/content/tncms/live/, Dec 2020 ALBANY — A partnered state effort announced earlier this month is leveraging new drone technology and magnetic surveillance to spot abandoned oil and gas wells statewide. To date, the state Department of Environmental Conservation has located more than 2,000 orphan wells that can continue to release methane into the atmosphere. Those well assessments have been based on …

Hawaii, Oregon, Washington Virginia are banning coal

E&E News Miranda Willson / Energywire July 21, 2020 The coal-fired AES Hawaii Power Plant near Kalaeloa, Oahu, Hawaii. Following in the footsteps of several other states with clean energy goals, Hawaii lawmakers passed a bill this month banning utilities from using coal in a bid to curb carbon emissions, reduce electricity costs and promote environmental justice in the island …

Rethinking how we build so people can drive less: LOS to play more limited role in planning, to reduce VMT

SB 743 Implementation SB 743 Overview fact sheet (PDF) SB 743 Technical fact sheet (PDF) SB 743 Video: Rethinking How We Build So Californians Can Drive Less (10 minutes) Caltrans Guidance Document Question & Answer (PDF) General SB 743 Implementation Question & Answer (PDF) Current mitigation resources are highlighted in SB 743: Mitigation and VMT Reduction (PDF). Caltrans October 6, 2020 TAF/TAC …

State GHG reduction efforts update: Illinois (carbon-free power-sector by 2030), Vermont + Wisconsin proposes to avoid new fossil fuel infrastructure and divest from fossil fuel interests

Illinois Eric Jjemba, Dec 2020 – The Clean Energy Jobs Act can be characterized as the most ambitious state-level climate policy in the Midwest, and possibly in the nation. The bill’s lead House sponsor, Representative Ann Williams (D-Chicago) has described the bill as focusing on four key pillars:  Promoting jobs and economic opportunity; Putting Illinois on a path to 100% renewable …