Renewable Portfolio Standards - Resources

Environmental Rules for Hydropower in State Renewable Portfolio Standards

April 23, 2013

This paper looks at various approaches states have taken in their RPS policies to safeguard the environment when hydropower is developed. It describes the rules for hydropower qualification, especially those having to do with environmental standards.

Evaluating the Benefits and Costs of a Renewable Portfolio Standard: A Guide for State RPS Programs

May 24, 2012

This report explains some of the issues associated with RPS evaluation and makes suggestions for how states may want to proceed with an evaluation.

CESA Clean Energy White Paper: MA Draft Final Regulations for Biomass Generating Units in the RPS

May 23, 2012

Mass DOER released proposed final regulations for biomass combustion for purposes of RPS eligibility. This paper summarizes those regulations and includes a brief discussion.

Designing the Right RPS: A Guide to Selecting Goals and Program Options for a Renewable Portfolio Standard

March 21, 2012

This report describes RPS best practices and analyzes a wide range of options in RPS program design.

Analysis of Renewable Energy Policy Options for Vermont: The SPEED Program and Renewable Portfolio Standard

October 3, 2011

Report prepared by CESA and SEA under contract with NARUC for the VT Public Service Board and the VT Legislature.

CESA Report: The Commerce Clause and Implications for State Renewable Portfolio Standard Programs (pdf)

March 1, 2011

This report explains the applicability and effect of the interstate commerce clause of the US Constitution on a state’s approach to the design of an RPS.

Supporting Solar Power in Renewables Portfolio Standards: Experience from the United States

October 1, 2010

This report documents the design of and early experience with state-level RPS programs in the United States that have been specifically tailored to encourage a wider diversity of renewable energy technologies, and solar energy in particular.

A Review of Emerging State Finance Tools to Advance Solar Generation

March 1, 2010

This report provides an overview and specific examples of three creative finance tools that any state can use to support solar PV in the context of an existing RPS: solar set-asides, feed-in tariffs, and reverse auction mechanisms.

Distributed Renewable Energy Finance and Policy Toolkit

December 1, 2009

This report describes the many financing options available to state energy offices, municipal governments, and other energy agencies for utilizing public funds for clean energy project support.

Recommended Principles and Best Practices for State Renewable Portfolio Standards

January 1, 2009

CESA’s State-Federal RPS Collaborative Steering Committee, with input from Collaborative participants and the National RPS Summit, has developed the following Recommended Principles and Best Practices for effective state RPS program deployment.