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States Go Big on Renewables

State lawmakers are increasingly promoting green power

State legislatures around the country are dealing with a rising tide of proposed laws to buoy renewable energy deployments.

A total of 1,250 proposed renewable energy laws were considered last year and 185 of them were enacted in 42 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico, according to a report by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

That was up from 150 such laws passed in 2014. The increase comes while Republicans dominate many state legislatures.

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About 13 percent of electricity in America now comes from renewables sources.

“This growth is expected to continue, with renewable energy projected to represent the largest single source of electricity growth over the next five years,” according to the legislative group.

The legislation included renewable portfolio standards, renewable energy certificates and net metering.

Glen Andersen, NCSL energy program director, will report on these trends in details at the Empowering Customers & Cities conference in Chicago November 1-2. Utility and energy executives, policymakers and regulators are planning to attend the executive energy conference along with state senators from Springfield, Illinois to Olympia, Wash.



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