N. Mariana Islands - Renewables Portfolio Standard (N. Mariana Islands)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

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Place N. Mariana Islands
Name N. Mariana Islands - Renewables Portfolio Standard
Incentive Type Renewables Portfolio Standard
Applicable Sector Utility
Eligible Technologies Anaerobic Digestion, Biomass, Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels, Geothermal Electric, Hydroelectric, Hydrogen, Landfill Gas, Municipal Solid Waste, Ocean Thermal, Photovoltaics, Renewable Fuels, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Water Heat, Wave Energy, Wind, Unspecified technologies
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs, Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
















Standard 80% of net electricity sales by 2015








Date added to DSIRE 2011-01-05
Last DSIRE Review 2012-11-29


References DSIRE[1]


Summary

The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands enacted its Renewables Portfolio Standard in September 2007, in which a certain percentage of its net electricity sales must come from renewable energy. Under the law, the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation (the Islands' only and semi-autonomous public utility provider) must meet the following benchmarks:

  • 10% of net electricity sales by December 31, 2008
  • 20% of net electricity sales by December 31, 2010
  • 40% of net electricity sales by December 31, 2012
  • 80% of net electricity sales by December 31, 2014

There are stipulations within the law that allow for non-compliance if there is no "cost-effective" way to meet the benchmarks. Overall, the standard is extremely aggressive and the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation is not in compliance.

In July 2011, National Renewable Energy Laboratory published the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Initial Technical Assessment Report that includes additional information about energy, energy policy, and resources in the Northern Mariana Islands.





Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: PL15-087
Date Enacted 2007-09-26

















  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"