Delaware Legislature Adopts Renewable Portfolio Standard

July 21, 2005

Delaware Governor Ruth Ann Minner signed Senate Bill (SB) 74 into law on July 21, which requires electricity providers to obtain 10% of their electricity from renewable energy resources by 2019. The renewable energy technologies that apply to the standard include solar, wind, ocean, fuel cells powered by renewable fuels, hydroelectric facilities with a maximum capacity of 30 megawatts, sustainable biomass, anaerobic digestion, and landfill gas. Read the bill.

SB-74 contains a number of provisions that encourage distributed generation with renewable energy at customer-cited facilities. For example, solar power and fuel cells using renewable fuels receive a 300% credit toward compliance. Wind turbines operating in Delaware similarly receive a 150% credit. DSIRE, which is the Database of Incentives for Renewable Energy, publishes a detailed explanation of the new standard.

With passage SB-74, Delaware becomes the 21st state to adopt a renewable portfolio standard or target. DSIRE publishes a map listing states with renewable portfolio standards.

Source: August 2005 edition of IREC's Interconnection E-Newsletter.