Expensive ‘Green Energy’ Mandates Prove Hard To Kill

June 24, 2013 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

For renewable energy supporters, this was supposed to be a year
of statehouse setbacks.

“States Cooling to Renewable Energy” read the headline of a
March Wall Street Journal story reporting that more than a dozen
legislatures were weighing proposals to roll back or abolish
mandates that utilities purchase a certain amount of renewable
energy. Mandates are in place in 29 states and Washington, D.C.

Opponents of the renewable energy requirements, which are
credited with spurring wind and solar investment across much of the
country, said the policies violate free-market principles and ramp
up electricity costs. After the 2012 elections installed large
Republican majorities in a number of states, the conservative
American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) joined ranks with
prominent libertarian groups in a nationwide anti-mandate blitz.
Wind and solar advocates feared the worst.

So much for predictions. With most sessions now wrapped up or
waning, renewable energy backers now brim with triumph and relief
as they eye a legislative scorecard tilting their way.

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