A bill the EUT committee held public hearing on; L.D. 273 An Act To Encourage and Enhance the Future of Waste-to-energy Facilities Resource Laws, describes a desire to make a new Renewable Class with associated renewable energy credits for waste to electricity producing plants. This new Class is looking to procure $10 per credit to start.
Our Public Advocate, realizing such credits mean added costs on customer electric bills testified :
" We take no position on whether or not it is appropriate to include waste-to-energy facilities within the definition of renewable capacity resource. This is a policy decision for the Legislature. While renewable portfolio standard(RPS) do not have a great track record in incentivizing the construction o new renewable facilities, they are effective at ensuring that particular resource receive an above market premium once constructed."