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Renewable Portfolio Standard Overview

Renewable Portfolio Standard Overview

File: Renewable Portfolio Standard Overview

Date: 2/1/2005

A Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) is a requirement on electric utilities and other electric suppliers to supply a minimum percentage or amount of their load with eligible sources of renewable energy. The two-page document covers:

  • The RPS Has Become Increasingly Popular
  • State RPS Policies Differ: There is More Than One Way to Design an RPS
  • The Most Important Lesson Learned to Date
  • Design Requirements for an Effective RPS
  • What is the Cost of an RPS to the Ratepayer?
  • The RPS Bottom Line

This information was last updated on August 02, 2011