State legislatures support renewable energy

Washington, D.C., June 13, 2013 — While not all state legislatures have adjourned for the year, proponents of Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPSs) that drive adoption of wind energy can be heartened by the early results of the 2013 legislative session. Lawmakers in at least 20 states introduced bills to weaken state renewable energy policies, with little success.

 Strong data supporting the economic and environmental benefits of renewable energy – coupled with broad public support – can be credited with helping to keep current policies intact.

 The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), its regional partners and local advocates effectively defended renewable energy policies in bellwether states such as Kansas. There $3 billion of private investment installed 1,440 MW of wind energy last year – fourth most in the nation – to help meet a 20-percent-by-2020 state RPS. Across the country, local and regional voices including farmers, for whom wind energy is a new cash crop, economic developers, manufacturers, and others affirmed their support for renewables policies that work.

 Pro-renewable legislators even succeeded in improving the RPS in states such as Colorado and Nevada, while legislators in Connecticut passed a consumer-friendly measure to allow for long-term wind power purchases, locking in today’s competitive wind prices for up to 20 years. The results represent a potential for up to 2,500 megawatts of new wind power installations in those states over the next 10 years.