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RPS and Renewable Energy Policy Resources
The following are reports that Staff have found to be useful, informative,or that may help to inform and improve discussion about RPS, renewable energy production payments, public purpose charges, and the interactions between these policy mechanisms.  The intent here is not to suggest that any document linked here has “the answer”, or to support the opinions expressed in these reports, but rather to provide an assortment of the most recent literature in this area.
Timeline of Renewable Projects in Oregon
Cautionary note: This information is always changing, and is difficult to reconcile among sources that frequently offer differing interpretations of complex information. Combining sources, as is done here, is also a likely source of conflicting information.
State RPS Policies: Experiences and Lessons Learned by Dr. Ryan Wiser (PowerPoint)
The Costs and Benefits of State RPS Policies: Cost-Impact Studies, Actual Costs, and Cost Containment 
by Dr. Ryan Wiser (PowerPoint)
"An Inventory of State Renewable Energy Standards" by Bob Eleff, Legislative Analyst
Minnesota House of Representatives Research Department - December 2005  INFORMATION BRIEF
"The Expanding Role of U.S. State Renewable Portfolio Standards" by Barry G. Rabe, University of Michigan
Review of International Experience with Renewable Energy Obligation Support Mechanisms ”, Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands, IT Power (UK), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (USA), and the University of Lund (Sweden). (May 2005)
A comprehensive examination of RPS policies in the USA and Europe, with pointed observations on the crafting of a RPS policy.   The section on the Swedish RPS is particularly interesting given some of the geo-economic parallels between Sweden and Oregon.
The support of electricity from renewable energy sources ”, Commission Of The European Communities (EU),  (December 2005)
The European Union conducted the most exhaustive comparison to date of obligation (RPS) systems as compared to feed-in tariffs (production payments).  The annexes in the report are particularly enlightening, especially Annex 3, although most of the interesting discussion and conclusions are summarized on pages 4 through 8 of the report.
An Overview of Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards in the West ”, Perkins Coie LLP, (September 2005)
A recent overview of the RPS policies in the West, including Texas, with some good legal discussion and better than average narrative status information.
The Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE), http://www.dsireusa.org/
Excellent summaries of all RPS and similar production policies in the USA.  Generally considered the authoritative source for policy summaries on renewable energy.
National Policy Instruments: Policy Lessons for the Advancement & Diffusion of Renewable Energy Technologies Around the World ”, WorldWatch Institute, (January 2004)
Broad conference paper covering all aspects of renewable energy policy, but with a particularly cogent and balanced comparison between RPS (quota systems) and feed-in (pricing) policies contained on pages 4 through 17.
Evaluating Experience with Renewable Portfolio Standards in the United States ”, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, (March 2004)
Excellent analysis and advice on crafting a RPS.   Somewhat dated at this point, but the major points and design criteria are still relevant.
Fostering a Renewable Energy Technology Industry: An International Comparison of Wind Industry Policy Support Mechanisms ”, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, (November 2005)
A comparison of renewable energy support mechanisms (RPS, feed-in, etc.) as tools for economic development.  Obviously focused on wind, but conclusions apply across all technologies and resources.
The static and dynamic efficiency of instruments of promotion of renewables ”, Centre International de Recherche sur L’Environment et le Development, (Energy Studies Review, 2004)
For the courageous, an interesting but detailed economic discussion of price-based (feed-in) versus quantity-based (RPS) policy tools.  The conclusion section is more accessible for those with a fear of economic analysis.
"What Electricity From Renewable Energies Costs: ", BMU (German Environmental and Energy Agency) 2006: A brief but detailed examination of the costs associated with the German feed-in law approach.