Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States Collaborative on RPS Implementation - Model Resource Eligibility Definitions

September 1, 2007

by CESA

While there is no single, ideal way to define eligible RPS resources, there is merit in establishing some clear, common definitions of renewable resources for states to consider as RPS programs evolve and mature. To that end, the members of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States Collaborative on RPS Implementation have developed a set of model resource eligibility definitions. In developing these definitions, members took into consideration each state's current definitions as a starting point; selected definitions where there was substantial commonality between states already; crafted new definitions when warranted that are clear, specific, and consistent with the major RPS policy objectives of the states; and considered special issues associated with specific technologies and fuels (i.e. unique characteristics of hydropower and biomass).