Renewable Energy Increases Share of Voluntary Carbon Market

May 30, 2012 by  
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A Forest Trends’ report on the 2011 voluntary carbon offset market has determined a marked increase in the prominence of wind power-generated carbon offsets in the overall global voluntary market for carbon offsets. 2011 saw renewable energy projects, in general, supplant forest carbon sequestration projects as the greatest number of carbon offset transactions by volume. Wind power projects made up roughly two-thirds of these renewable energy projects.

Indiana Utility Proposes New Green Power Program

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Indiana utility, NIPSCO, has filed an application with the state regulatory commission to offer a pilot program to offer its customers the ability to voluntarily purchase renewable energy. Customers can opt to receive 25%, 50% and 100% of their electricity from renewable sources, and would pay a premium of approximately 1/5 of one cent per kilowatt-hour for the green power.

Marin Energy Authority’s 100% Wind Product Now Green-e Certified

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Marin Energy Authority’s Deep Green 100% renewable energy product is now certified by Green-e® Energy, as reported by the Center for Resource Solutions. Marin Energy Authority oversees the Marin Clean Energy program, which is a community power agency that offers Marin County, California customers 100% renewable energy generated from wind projects in Oregon.

NJ School Installs 6.1 MW Solar System

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A private school in New Jersey, Lawrenceville School, has installed a 6.1 megawatt ground-mounted solar system on 30 acres of school-owned farmland. KDC Solar leased the land for the project from the school and owns and maintains the system. Pursuant to a power purchase agreement, Lawrenceville School will buy the power generated by the system over the next twenty years.

Arizona Exempts RECs from State Sales Tax

May 17, 2012 by  
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The Arizona State Legislature passed Senate Bill 1229 (SB1229), exempting the sale or use of renewable energy certificates (RECs) from Arizona’s transaction privilege tax, which is similar to a sales tax. SB1229 exempts the sale of RECs from transaction privilege taxes under both the retail sales provision and the utilities provision. The new legislation also exempts the sale or transfer of RECs from Arizona’s use tax, which is a tax on the use, storage, or consumption of tangible personal property. Solar electricity generated by customers and sold back to utilities is also exempt from transaction privilege taxes under the new legislation.

Green Mountain Expands into Rockland and Westchester Counties (NY)

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Green Mountain Energy is now offering its green power products for residents of Rockland and Westchester Counties, located in New York. Green Mountain Energy recently began offering its green power products to the residents of the City of White Plains, which provided green power options to residents of both counties. Rockland County residents can purchase Green Mountain Energy’s Pollution Free product for a rate of 9.7 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh). Westchester County residents can purchase the Pollution Free product for 9.5 cents per kWh. Pollution Free electricity products are sourced from New York wind and hydro projects.

Green Mountain Energy Expands into Rockland and Westchester Counties (NY)

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Green Mountain Energy is now offering its green power products for residents of Rockland and Westchester Counties, located in New York. Green Mountain Energy recently began offering its green power products to the residents of the City of White Plains, which provided green power options to residents of both counties. Rockland County residents can purchase Green Mountain Energy’s Pollution Free product for a rate of 9.7 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh). Westchester County residents can purchase the Pollution Free product for 9.5 cents per kWh. Pollution Free electricity products are sourced from New York wind and hydro projects.

Arizona Exempts Renewable Energy Certificates from State Sales Tax

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The Arizona State Legislature passed Senate Bill 1229 (SB1229), exempting the sale or use of renewable energy certificates (RECs) from Arizona’s transaction privilege tax, which is similar to a sales tax. SB1229 exempts the sale of RECs from transaction privilege taxes under both the retail sales provision and the utilities provision. The new legislation also exempts the sale or transfer of RECs from Arizona’s use tax, which is a tax on the use, storage, or consumption of tangible personal property. Solar electricity generated by customers and sold back to utilities is also exempt from transaction privilege taxes under the new legislation.

EPA Releases 2009 eGRID Data

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new edition of the Emissions and Generation Integrated Resource Database (eGRID), which now contains 2009 data. eGRID is a comprehensive source of data on the environmental characteristics of almost all electric power generated in the U.S. The release of the 2009 data also updates EPA’s Power Profiler, which is an application that uses eGRID data to evaluate the environmental effects of electricity use.

Illinois Communities Opt for Green Power

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The City of Evanston, Illinois selected Constellation Energy to be the city’s community choice aggregation (CCA) electricity provider. Constellation Energy will provide Evanston with 100 percent renewable electricity for a term of 12 months at a rate of $.04797 per kilowatt-hour (kWh), which is about 38 percent lower than the city’s current residential electric rate. The City of Peoria, Illinois selected Homefield Energy as the city’s CCA electricity provider. Homefield Energy will provide 100 percent renewable electricity to Peoria over a two-year period, at a rate of $.0408 per kWh. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) designated the Village of Oak Park, Illinois as a Green Power Community for choosing renewable energy sources for its CCA program. Oak Park uses 191 million kWh of green power annually, and ranks first among Green Power Communities in terms of the percentage green power, with about 83 percent of the village’s total electricity use provided by green power.