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RPS – Renewable Portfolio Standard

What is a Renewable Portfolio Standard?

A Renewable Portfolio Standard is a requirement set by a state saying that by a certain date a certain percentage of their states energy consumption will come from renewable energy sources, generally a combination of wind, solar, geothermal, an in some cases hydro.

This policy is at the heart of what is pushing the renewable energy movement, and has helped push new technologies and innovation while leading us to a clean energy future.

What States have Renewable Portfolio Standard?

The first RPS was enacted in 1983 by Colorado

Currently 30 of our 50 states have standard set in place.

The States that have an RPS or State goals in place are:

Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio,Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Arkansas, Indiana, Oklahoma, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia

7 States to do not have Standards but have set goals that they would like to achieve

While the remaining states do not have standards or goals set in place.

What are the RPS requirements like?

Every state has a different standard set in place and they do vary greatly.  Most have a set percentage of 10% but can be as high as 40%. These standards allow for a combination of renewable energy sources to be used, such as hydro, geothermal, wind and solar.  Most states have a set date of 2025 for reaching their ultimate goal. A few states are more aggressive in this plan with asset on going percentage growth with no end short of 100% represented by an ongoing 1 or ½ percent growth every year after the initial goal is met.

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