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Renewable Energy Mandates Under Fire for Huge Economic Costs

In the previous decade, 29 states and the District of Columbia established mandates known as renewable portfolio standards (RPS) that require utilities to derive a designated percentage of their electricity from renewable sources by a specific date. Legislators hoped the mandates would reduce their states’ dependence on fossil fuels and reduce energy costs. In some states the initial enthusiasm for renewable mandates appears to be fading, because renewable energy has failed to deliver the cheap...

Texas Bans City Fracking Bans

With a stroke of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's pen, House Bill 40 banning Texas municipalities’ ability to regulate oil and gas operations within city limits, except in very limited circumstances, became law. The new law was a response to Denton voters’ decision in November 2014 to ban hydraulic fracturing within the city. Under limited circumstances cities would still be allowed to regulate surface activity, such as the distance wells must be from residences or businesses, or for light or...

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