Illinois Enacts Bill Allowing One-Year Extension for Supply of Renewable Credits From New Projects

Illinois Governor J. B. Pritzker, a Democrat, signed legislation that allows a one-year extension of the date by which the Illinois Power Agency is required to deliver renewable energy credits from new utility-scale wind and solar projects acquired through long-term contracts. The bill sets a June 1, 2022 deadline for the agency to begin supplying…

MidAmerican Energy’s Iowa Customers Receive Over Half of Their Electricity From Renewables

MidAmerican Energy Company served 51.4 percent of its retail sales using renewable energy last year, the Iowa Utilities Board verified in an order issued on June 21. The company said that it owns the vast majority of the renewable generation that delivers its retail energy, and acquires a small amount through power purchase arrangements. The…

Illinois Passes Bill Allowing One-Year Extension for Supply of Renewable Credits From New Projects

Illinois lawmakers approved a measure that allows a one-year extension of the date by which the Illinois Power Agency is required to deliver renewable energy credits from new utility-scale wind and solar projects acquired through long-term contracts. The bill sets a June 1, 2022 deadline for the agency to begin supplying credits. Current law directs…

Ohio Regulator Approves Non-Solar Alternative Compliance Payment for 2019

The Ohio Public Utilities Commission on June 5 set the alternative compliance payment for the non-solar portion of the state’s renewable portfolio standard at about $53 per megawatt-hour for 2019. Ohio has a target to procure 12.5 percent of electricity from renewables by 2027, with a solar carve-out of 0.5 percent. Electric distribution utilities or…

Electric Suppliers’ Use of Solar Credits to Meet District of Columbia’s Renewable Standards More Than Doubled in 2018: Report

The District of Columbia’s electric suppliers retired nearly 68,000 solar renewable energy credits in 2018, compared to about 31,000 last year, yet the solar requirement rose by a mere 0.17 percent and retail sales by 3 percent, according to the Public Service Commission’s annual report on compliance with the renewable energy portfolio standards. The report…

Oregon Legislature Makes Biomass Thermal Energy Eligible for Renewable Credits

Democratic Governor Katherine Brown signed legislation on May 6 which clarifies that renewable energy certificates may be issued for the generation of thermal energy at a facility that generates electricity using biomass, subject to the same requirements as all other certificates. The legislation, introduced at the governor’s request, account for the fact that some biomass…

Ohio Commission Staff Endorses Duke Energy’s RPS Compliance Report

Duke Energy Ohio Inc. indicated that it has obtained the necessary renewable energy credits needed to satisfy its 2018 compliance obligations under the state’s renewable portfolio standard. Duke filed its RPS compliance status report for the 2018 compliance year on March  27. In its compliance filing, the company proposed a baseline of 4,195,899 megawatt-hours, which…

Power Producers Find New York City’s Building Emission Law Conflicts With Renewable Standard

The Independent Power Producers of New York Inc. wrote a letter to the New York Public Service Commission on April 29, expressing concern that a law passed by the New York City Council allowing the use of renewable energy credits from large-scale hydroelectric impoundment resources conflicts with the commission’s renewable energy standard adopted in 2004.…

Retail Suppliers Call for Market-Based Solar Credits to Ensure Competitive Prices in New Jersey’s Successor Program

The Retail Energy Supply Association expressed support for a market-determined price for solar renewable energy certificates, or SRECs, in New Jersey’s successor program, as the state transitions to a new distributed solar regime. In its comments filed with the the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities on March 5, the group said that the alternative…...

Competitive Suppliers Accounted for 77 Percent of Ohio’s Renewable Energy Compliance Requirements in 2017: Report

The compliance obligations under Ohio’s renewable portfolio standard have been shifting from electric distribution companies to competitive retail suppliers as consumers are exercising their choice of electric service providers, according to a Feb. 11 draft annual report by the Ohio Public Utilities Commission staff. Competitive suppliers were responsible for about 77 percent of Ohio’s overall…...

Eversource, United Illuminating File Amended Eight-Year Plan for Renewable Energy Credit Purchases

Connecticut Light & Power Co., an affiliate of Eversource Energy, and The United Illuminating Co. filed amended plans on January 22 for the purchase of renewable energy credits to comply with Connecticut’s Low and Zero Emissions Renewable Energy Credit Program.  The annual LREC target for years 6-8 remains approximately $3.2 million for Eversource and approximately…