A study conducted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory found that the current power grid infrastructure in Western US states can handle up to 30% more wind power and 5% more solar power without large changes. Changes would however need to be made to current operating procedures to achieve the percentages. These changes could be made without the construction of more power lines.
In a move to reduce hazardous waste from landfills, the New York legislature passed a bill requiring companies that make or sell computers, TV's and a broad range of electronic equipment to recycle these products. Consumers would not be charged to have their ewaste recycled, however manufactures would be charged $5,000 to register with the state and would then pay a reporting fee of $3,000 per year.