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Rules, Regulations & Policies for Renewable Energy

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This summary table provides a snapshot of government and utility rules, regulations and policies that promote renewables in the United States. This table allows viewers to quickly compare the number and types of programs in each state. (The DSIRE glossary includes a description of each policy type.)


Rules, Regulations & Policies for Renewable Energy

Federal =        State =        Utility =        Local =    
State PBF RPS Net
Metering
Inter-
connection
Contract.
License
Equip.
Certific.
Access
Laws
Constr. &
Design
Green
Power
Purchasing
Required
Green
Power
 Federal
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
 Alabama
 Alaska
1
1
1
 Arizona
1
1 1
1
1
1
3 5
 Arkansas
1
1
1
 California
1
1
1 1
1
2 7
5 14
 Colorado
1
1 1
1
1
1 1
3 6
1
 Connecticut
1
1
1
1
3
 Delaware
1 2
1
1
1
1
2
 Florida
1
1
1
1
1 1
1 1
 Georgia
1
1
1
2
 Hawaii
1
1
1
1
1
2
 Idaho
3
1
 Illinois
1
1
1
1
1
2
 Indiana
1
1
1
1
1 1
 Iowa
1
1
1
1
1
1
 Kansas
1
1
1
1
1
 Kentucky
1
1
1
 Louisiana
1 1
1
1
 Maine
1
1
1
1
2
2
1
 Maryland
1
1
1
1
2
 Massachusetts
2
1
1
1
1
3
 Michigan
1
1
1
1 1
 Minnesota
1
2
2
1
1
1
1
 Mississippi
 Missouri
1 1
1
1
1
1
 Montana
1
1
1 1
1
1
1
 Nebraska
1
1
1
 Nevada
1
1 1
1
1
1 1
 New Hampshire
1
1
1
1
1
 New Jersey
1
1
1
1
2
4
 New Mexico
1
1 1
1
1
1
1
 New York
1
1 1
1 1
1
1
1 1
 North Carolina
1
1
1
1 1
4 12
 North Dakota
1
1
2
 Ohio
1
1
1
1
3
 Oklahoma
1
1
1
2
 Oregon
1
1
1 1
1
1 2
4 2
1
 Pennsylvania
1
1
1
1
1
 Rhode Island
1
1
1
1
1
1
 South Carolina
1
1 3
1
1
 South Dakota
1
1
1
2
 Tennessee
1
 Texas
1 1 1
5 1
1
1 1
1 5
 Utah
1
1 3
1
1
1
 Vermont
1
1
1
1
1
1
 Virginia
1
1
1 1
1
2
2 1
1
 Washington
1
1 1
1
1
1 1
1
 West Virginia
1
1
1
1
 Wisconsin
1
1
1
1
1 1
2
 Wyoming
1
1
1
 District of Columbia
1
1
1
1
1
 Palau
 Guam
1
1
1
 Puerto Rico
1
1
1
1
1
1
 Virgin Islands
1
1
1
1
 N. Mariana Islands
1
 American Samoa
1
 Totals  23 50 76 47 0 4 62 128 0 8


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