Bills before the Nebraska and Kansas legislatures to allow electricity customers to choose their power provider are being viewed with caution, and a little skepticism, by clean-energy promoters in the two states.
Iowa regulators have been asked to reconsider a recent ruling that many renewable-energy supporters fear could seriously impede solar and other forms of clean energy in a large part of the state.
Clean-energy advocates applauded a year ago when Missouri utility regulators approved new energy efficiency benefits aimed at a historically underserved population: owners of low-income and other multi-family properties. However, the excitement may have been premature.
A recent ruling by Iowa regulators has the clean-energy community worried that nearly a half-million customers in the state could find solar power to be financially unworkable as a result.
Seven companies – Proctor & Gamble, Wal-Mart, Unilever, General Mills, Target, General Motors and Nestle – have signed a letter supporting a Missouri bill allowing power purchase agreements.
A pair of bills now before the Nebraska legislature would provide a new potential funding source for community solar projects, and mandate that utilities allow community solar projects initiated by their customers.
Wind farms are cropping up close to a network of transmission lines coming to fruition in several Midwestern states, bearing out the wisdom that where there is transmission capacity to spare, wind farms will follow.
Missouri’s electric cooperative association is promoting legislation that would make a raft of changes that could render net metering less available and more costly.
Iowa, followed by Illinois, topped a ranking released Tuesday by the nation’s retail and tech sectors urging state governments to lower barriers to the further development of renewable energy. Ohio came in 8th.
An Iowa energy plan made public today envisions an economy driven by energy research and production, along with the adoption of new technologies in transportation and building operation.