Renewable And Alternative Energy Policies

1537 WordsDec 1, 20157 Pages
When discussing renewable or alternative energy policies, common ideas such as more solar and wind come to mind foremost without or with little thought when you hear renewable or alternative energies. However, policies for these can be quite alarming to someone who does not work or study the field. With Pennsylvania deregulating their the electricity sector in late 1996, alternative energies were certainly not the first thing when it came to their minds when trying to reduce their ever increasing electricity bills. Deregulation brought many ways for Pennsylvania to reduce costs, with still many more questions to be answered and in 2004, when the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act was passed, it was not just up to the Pennsylvania Utility Commission (PUC) to figure out a smart, and advantageous answer to the growing pollution concern, but also the utilities themselves to find ways to meet PUC’s demanding standards. PUC being Pennsylvania’s main agency to regulate the electricity sector, its solely responsible for their Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards (AEPS). With AEPSAct being passed in 2004, on my minds of citizens of the United States and everywhere else in the world, there was growing concern with environmental pollution and what we now call climate change, it was an increasing need as most to all deregulated states have or had begun putting in their own portfolio standards. For Pennsylvania this was a big step for alternative energies, as prior to
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