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N. Mariana Islands

N. Mariana Islands

Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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N. Mariana Islands - Renewables Portfolio Standard   

Last DSIRE Review: 09/26/2014
Program Overview:
State: N. Mariana Islands
Incentive Type: Renewables Portfolio Standard
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Unspecified Technologies
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Photovoltaics, Landfill Gas, Wind, Biomass, Hydroelectric, Geothermal Electric, Municipal Solid Waste, Hydrogen, Anaerobic Digestion, Wave Energy, Ocean Thermal, Renewable Fuels, Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels
Applicable Sectors: Utility
Standard:20% of net electricity sales by 2016
Authority 1:
Date Enacted:
Authority 2:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
Public Law No. 15-23
Authority 3:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
Public Law No. 18-62


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 establish a renewable portfolio standard of:

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

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.

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