National Energy Policy Institute

The Effects of State Laws and Regulations on the Development of Renewable Sources of Electric Energy

Publication Date: December 30, 2010

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The Effects of State Laws and Regulations on the Development of Renewable Sources of Electric Energy: Gary Allison (University of Tulsa) and John Williams (University of Tulsa)
In many ways, states have taken the lead on encouraging the development of renewable energy sources across the country. This paper identifies and assesses state laws, regulations and regulatory actions having the greatest potential to affect the rate at which renewable sources of electric energy are brought online. It covers seventeen of the eighteen most populous states, in which lives about 70% of the nation’s population. Laws, regulations and regulatory actions covered include renewable electric energy purchasing and pricing mandates (including Renewable Portfolio Standards, Net Energy Metering, Green Purchasing Requirements and Public Benefits Funding to Support Renewable Energy Production); renewable electric energy purchasing incentives and opportunities represented by Voluntary Green Purchasing Initiatives; laws and regulatory decisions governing the permitting and siting of electric energy generators and electric transmission facilities; and laws and regulatory decisions influencing the demand of electric energy.

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