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N. Mariana Islands - Renewables Portfolio Standard

Eligibility 
Utility
Savings Category 
Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels
Photovoltaics
Solar Water Heat
Program Info
Program Type 
Renewables Portfolio Standard

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 [http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy11osti/50906.pdf 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.