Minnesota Senate passes portfolio standard

The renewables portfolio standard (RPS) adopted by the Senate is based on a measure originally introduced by POWER (People Organizing for Workers, the Environment, and Ratepayers), a coalition formed by AWEA and other clean energy advocates in the state to support responsible energy legislation during the current legislative session.

May 4, 2001–Massachusetts Governor Jane Swift unveiled new regulations recently to cut pollution from the state’s oldest and dirtiest coal- and oil-fired power plants. The regulations will require a 50-75% cut in NOx (nitrogen oxides) and SO2 (sulfur dioxide) emissions over the next 3-7 years, and will be the first in the nation to regulate mercury emissions and carbon dioxide.

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