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Published on October 30th, 2009 | by Susan Kraemer

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Northeast Adds 17 Gigawatts of Renewable Power to Meet RPS

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Renewable energy comprised more than half the energy added this year to the Northeast grid, comprising part of Canada and 6 US states. 17 GW of renewable energy projects in the region will be completed in the next five years.

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It is no coincidence that each of these states has a state renewable portfolio standard which requires utilities to add an increasing percent of renewable power to the grid each year. New York’s RPS requires 24% by 2013, Maine:40% by 2017(met), Vermont:20% by 2017, New Hampshire:16% by 2025, Rhode Island:16% by 2019, and Connecticut:27% by 2020 )

The Renewable Portfolio Standard is a sure way to get more homegrown climate-friendly renewable power on the grid and is up for votes yet again this year (in the American Clean Jobs & American Power Act) after multiple previous attempts to pass it.

Democrats have attempted to pass a Renewable Portfolio Standard multiple times, for example here and again. Each time Republicans have defeated it by calling coal renewable, or filibustered it to prevent passage. (Renewable energy is defined as energy that is from a resource that is renewable and that has low carbon dioxide emissions, a greenhouse gas.)

It is included again in the current renewable energy bill in the Senate now (CEJAPA) and is the closest it has been to having the critical mass needed to pass it.

Maine has a RPS and has more renewable energy on the grid than any state in the nation; 55%. Collins and Snowe of Maine are two of the four Republicans who have reliably sided with Democrats on renewable energy. However the other two were both voted out last year; Smith of Oregan and Coleman of Minnesota.

Even when states don’t meet them, having an RPS requirement has been proven to get more power on the grid than not having one.

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  • MD

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  • MD

    Hey Uncle, I guess my coworkers are Uranium hoarding vultures since they own shares in the stuff, BTW the Chinese own quite a bit of it coming out of Canada.. the worlds top producer of Uranium Ore, Australia is #2…

    Honestly metals are a good investment, lead, brass, lithium and other rare earth metals…

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  • Uncle B

    When the nuclear advocates Google the net enough they will discover a powerful cartel has bought up Uranium around the world and sit like vultures on the fence awaiting great investments in Nuclear Power, or even Nuclear War to sell the stuff at controlled high profits much as Diamonds and Oil are sold today! They may even send you a small cheque in the mail for advocating Nuclear Power effectively in forums like this or better blogs on the net! Just like Big Oil, Diamond sales world-wide, and other monopolies we face, they price -fix for their own comfort, regardless of the suffering it may cause, to give themselves and their own, safe, luxurious passage through this life! This Solar endeavor short circuits their evil and gives humanity a clean choice in the energy matter – a good thing and likely and very soon so tied up by bureaucracies as to be invincible to their assaults on it! I applaud this situation, really a great step away from perverted capitalism and corporatists and towards a social democracy well buried in bureaucracies, safely for the people it serves, and excluding the corporatists completely! Way To Go! Proletariat! Way To Go!

  • Uncle B

    When the nuclear advocates Google the net enough they will discover a powerful cartel has bought up Uranium around the world and sit like vultures on the fence awaiting great investments in Nuclear Power, or even Nuclear War to sell the stuff at controlled high profits much as Diamonds and Oil are sold today! They may even send you a small cheque in the mail for advocating Nuclear Power effectively in forums like this or better blogs on the net! Just like Big Oil, Diamond sales world-wide, and other monopolies we face, they price -fix for their own comfort, regardless of the suffering it may cause, to give themselves and their own, safe, luxurious passage through this life! This Solar endeavor short circuits their evil and gives humanity a clean choice in the energy matter – a good thing and likely and very soon so tied up by bureaucracies as to be invincible to their assaults on it! I applaud this situation, really a great step away from perverted capitalism and corporatists and towards a social democracy well buried in bureaucracies, safely for the people it serves, and excluding the corporatists completely! Way To Go! Proletariat! Way To Go!

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