RENEW Calls for Extending Rhode Island Renewable Energy Standard

On February 9, 2016, RENEW testified in support of H-7413 before the Rhode Island House Committee on Corporations in support of extending Rhode Island’s Renewable Energy Standard beyond the current goal of 16 percent by 2019. In calling for 1.5 percent annual increases from 2020 to 2035, RENEW explained how renewable energy development outperforms fossil […]

New Report Details Significant Economic Benefits of Additional Carbon Reductions in RGGI States

Synapse Energy Economics Inc. and the Sierra Club, in partnership with the Chesapeake Climate Action Network and Pace Energy and Climate Center, released a report today detailing the significant economic benefits of aligning the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) targets with the nine member states’ climate policies as part of this year’s Program Review. The […]

Is Your State Betting Too Much on Natural Gas for Electricity? A New UCS Analysis Takes a Look

This post is by John Rogers who is a senior energy analyst with the Union of Concerned Scientists and a director on the RENEW Northeast board. Alongside photos of the local apple festival and headlines about the school budget, recently the front page of my small town’s weekly newspaper has been full of talk about […]

AWEA WINDPOWER 2018 – May 7 to 10 in Chicago, Illinois

WINDPOWER is the focal point for wind professionals to network with and learn from industry leaders and experts, and to discover the latest in industry products and services. All of your industry peers – and competitors – will be at WINDPOWER 2018; it’s where serious wind professionals convene to grow their companies, find solutions to […]

RENEW Supports ISO New England Rule Changes Benefiting Renewable Energy

On April 15, 2015, ISO New England submitted tariff revisions for the dispatch of certain wind and hydro resources, which are classified as Intermittent Power Resources under the market rules, using Do Not Exceed Dispatch Points. RENEW Northeast submitted comments on May 14 that strongly support the ISO’s proposal to implement a system for the […]

RENEW Urges Support for Existing Maine Renewable Energy Standard

RENEW submitted testimony on March 19, 2015, to the Maine Energy, Utilities & Technology Committee opposing changes to Maine’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (“RPS”) that will allow large Canadian hydropower to qualify.  This proposed change effectively overlooks the sound reasoning behind the numerous prior decisions by state legislatures in New England to do just the opposite […]

RENEW Testifies in Favor of Increasing Renewable Energy for Rhode Island

On January 29, 2015, RENEW testified before the Rhode Island House Committee on Corporations in support of extending Rhode Island’s Renewable Energy Standard beyond the current goal of 16 percent by 2019. In calling for 1.5 percent annual increases from 2020 to 2035, RENEW explained how renewable energy development outperforms fossil fuels in two important […]

RENEW Protests Market Rule Changes Harmful to Renewable Energy

On August 4, 2014, RENEW submitted a protest to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) concerning ISO New England’s compliance filing involving changes to the design of its Forward Capacity Market known as pay for performance. The ISO’s proposed tariff will create a perverse disincentive for renewable and other resources to curtail operations at exactly […]

RENEW Offers Model to Promote Development of New York’s Wind Resources

Following the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) July 1, 2014, supply-side resources Stakeholder Roundtable discussion, RENEW recommended the state move from a model of central procurement for renewable energy certificates (“RECs”) to the distribution utilities becoming counterparties to renewable generators for long term contracts consisting of energy and RECs both at […]

New England Wind Has Potential to Reduce Electricity Costs by $1 Billion Per Year

In March 2013, an interim update from ISO New England calculated the annual wholesale electricity cost to consumers (LSE Energy Expense) with 892 MW of wind on the system, which is very close to what is installed today and estimated to produce about 2510 GWh/year, to be $7.955 billion. If all wind resources active in […]

Massachusetts Legislation Aims to Secure Gigawatts of Clean Energy Resources

On April 8, 2014, RENEW testified on House Bill No. 3968, An Act relative to clean energy resources, before the Massachusetts General Court’s Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy. The legislation enables Massachusetts to participate in the effort of the New England States being developed at this moment to achieve a historic transformation of […]

Governor Malloy Signs Law to Bring Affordable Clean Energy to Connecticut

Governor Dannel P. Malloy today signed legislation that will implement the state’s first ever Comprehensive Energy Strategy. The new law, Public Act 13-303, will expand the benefits of affordable renewable energy for Connecticut electricity customers. In conjunction with the bill signing ceremony, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection issued, pursuant to Section 6 of […]

New England Initiative Can Lead To Integration Of Large Quantities Of Wind Power

The New England states are considering whether to expand large hydropower imports into New England with the New England States Committee on Electricity (NESCOE) anticipating submitting a report on possible options to New England’s governors by the end of the year. According to NESCOE, land-based and offshore wind resources will be largely responsible for meeting […]

RENEW Members Speak at Connecticut Energy Forum

At the June 12th meeting of the Connecticut Power & Energy Society, several RENEW members participated in a panel discussion on the role of wind power in Connecticut’s energy future. The panelists discussed recent legislation in Connecticut and Massachusetts promoting renewable resource development, the environmental benefits of wind power, siting wind plants in Connecticut, and […]

Connecticut Promotes New, Affordable Renewable Energy in the State and New England

Renewable Energy New England, Inc., (RENEW) applauds Governor Dannel Malloy for supporting new statutory provisions that will expand the benefits of affordable renewable energy for Connecticut electricity customers. Those provisions, included in larger energy legislation Senate Bill 1138 and House Bill 6360, both of which recently achieved final passage in the legislature, will help encourage […]

Windpower Benefits Rhode Island Environment and Economy

At a program sponsored by the Environment Council of Rhode Island (ECRI), RENEW’s Executive Director, Francis Pullaro, explained how increasing wind energy production in Rhode Island on land and in its ocean waters can benefit the state’s environment and economy. Addressing ECRI members at the event in the rotunda of the Rhode Island State House […]

AWEA, RENEW Applaud New England Governors’ Resolution to Procure Renewable Energy

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and its regional partner, Renewable Energy New England (RENEW), applauded the New England Governors’ Conference for unanimously passing a resolution to coordinate regional renewable energy procurement and directing the release of a request for proposal (RFP) for renewable energy next year. Specifically, the resolution charges the New England States […]

RENEW Urges DEEP to Replace Retiring Fossil Fuel Plants with Renewables

RENEW and the Conservation Law Foundation jointly filed comments with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) on its draft 2012 Integrated Resource Plan. In our comments we urge DEEP in its final draft to better protect ratepayer interests and the environment by recognizing that obsolescence and the market are rendering much of […]

Independent Expert Panel Finds Wind Turbines Pose No Health Risk

Following the release of a report by an independent expert panel that was tasked by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) to review potential health concerns related to wind turbines, Renewable Energy New England’s Executive Director, Francis Pullaro, remarked, “The report discredits common criticism about wind […]

Support the American Renewable Energy PTC Extension Act of 2011

Help extend the wind industry’s top policy driver, the federal production tax credit (PTC), for four years. Encourage your representative to cosponsor H.R. 3077, The American Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit Extension Act of 2011. America needs homegrown energy resources to power the nation and with our economy struggling, we’re in dire need of American […]