|States with an RPS. Click to enlarge.|
On Thursday, Governor Tim Pawlenty signed into the new Minnesota Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). The RPS requires that 25% of the state’s electricity comes from renewable power sources by 2025. Xcel Energy Inc., which delivers half of Minnesota’s electricity, would have to meet a 30% renewables benchmark by 2020.
Currently, half of Minnesota’s power is coal-generated, and renewables account for only about 5%.
The RPS replaces Minnesota’s non-mandated renewable energy objective (REO), enacted in 2003, that required utilities to make a good faith effort to generate or to procure 10% of their power from eligible renewable energy technologies by 2015.
Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have some form of renewable requirement or good-faith objective. Some, like Minnesota, are proposing strengthening the RPS. Colorado, for example, which currently has a 10% by 2015 RPS, is considering a 20% by 2020 standard.
At the Federal level, Rep. Tom Udall (D-NM) introduced a federal renewable portfolio standard bill—HR 969—earlier in February. The bipartisan bill, co-sponsored by 14 other Representatives, mandates 20% renewable energy by 2020.
(A hat-tip to John!)