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What Is Renewable?

A Summary of Eligibility Criteria Across 27 Renewable Portfolio Standards

December 15, 2003 9 pages

What Is Renewable?

A Summary of Eligibility Criteria Across 27 Renewable Portfolio Standards

December 15, 2003 9 pages

Description

Currently 25 US states, as well as the United States federal government and, in Canada, the province of Quebec, which have either passed or proposed legislation requiring (or setting as a goal) a certain proportion of their electricity production to come from environmentally preferable fuel sources. These pieces of legislation are most commonly referred to as renewable portfolio standards, or RPSs. Each of these RPSs delimits the resources and technologies that will qualify as “renewable” in this context. This paper examines the range of definitions that have been proposed and/or passed across these 27 RPSs, and considers where the greatest degree of convergence in these criteria occurs in North America.

Additional Information

Document Type: Project publication
Theme: Climate Change, Green Economy