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N. Mariana Islands - Renewables Portfolio Standard

Eligibility 
Investor-Owned Utility
Municipal Utilities
Cooperative Utilities
Savings Category 
Solar Water Heat
Solar Space Heat
Geothermal Electric
Solar Thermal Electric
Solar Photovoltaics
Wind (All)
Biomass
Hydroelectric
Hydrogen
Municipal Solid Waste
Landfill Gas
Wave
Ocean Thermal
Yes; specific technologies not identified
Wind (Small)
Anaerobic Digestion
Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels
Program Info
Sector Name 
State
State 
N. Mariana Islands
Program Type 
Renewables Portfolio Standard
Summary 
Requirements 

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. The law was amended in 2014 to a lower target, as previous targets were not met. Under the law, the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation (the Islands' only and semi-autonomous public utility provider) must establish a renewable portfolio standard of:

  • 20% of net electricity sales on or before December 31, 2016

Compliance 
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.

Information regarding the PUC's progress on these issues is unavailable.

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.