N. Mariana Islands - Renewables Portfolio Standard (N. Mariana Islands)
Last modified on February 12, 2015.
Rules Regulations Policies Program
|Place||N. Mariana Islands|
|Name||N. Mariana Islands - Renewables Portfolio Standard|
|Incentive Type||Renewables Portfolio Standard|
|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|
|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|
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.)
- Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.