N. Mariana Islands - Renewables Portfolio Standard

May 06, 2015



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

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.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: N. Mariana Islands
Incentive Type: Renewables Portfolio Standard
Web Site:
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • 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
Standard: 20% of net electricity sales by 2016


Name: PL15-087
Date Enacted: 09/26/2007
Name: Public Law No. 15-23
Date Enacted: 08/10/2006
Effective Date: 08/10/2006
Name: Public Law No. 18-62
Date Enacted: 09/04/2014
Effective Date: 09/04/2014

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.