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Vermont Sees No Conflict between Feed-in Tariffs and Federal Law

October 11th, 2010 by Paul Gipe

In a big win for Vermont’s nascent feed-in tariff program, the state’s Public Service Board (PSB) ruled today that they see no conflict between the state’s program and the federal government.
A challenge by Vermont’s Department of Public Service (DPS) had jeopardized several megawatts of solar PV projects that were awaiting financing [...]

WFC Grades North American Feed-in Tariff Programs

May 27th, 2010 by Paul Gipe

The World Future Council has issued a report grading North American feed-in tariffs for renewable energy. Only Ontario and Vermont make a passing grade. All other programs in the US and Canada failed to pass.

Indiana Legislator Introduces Feed-in Tariff Bill

January 11th, 2010 by Paul Gipe

Representative Matt Pierce (D-61st, Bloomington) introduced HB 1190 into the Indiana General Assembly January 7, 2010. The bill is the first comprehensive proposal for a system of feed-in tariffs in the current legislative sessions that have begun in states across the US.

Portuguese Wind Reaches Record 71 Percent

December 21st, 2009 by Paul Gipe

Portugal’s national grid operator, REN, announced at a workshop in late November that wind generation delivered 71% of the nation’s electricity on November 15, 2009.

Ontario Will Pay Farmers 14.5 cents per kWh for Their Wind Generation

November 30th, 2009 by Paul Gipe

The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) has confirmed that it will pay Ontario farmers $0.145 CAD/kWh for their wind generation under the province’s new feed-in tariff program launched October 1, 2009.

New York Solar Energy Society Calls for Feed-in Tariffs

November 11th, 2009 by Paul Gipe

The New York Solar Energy Society (NYSES) has sent out an action alert calling on its members to support Senate Bill S2715A, the New York Renewable Energy Sources Act. The bill was introduced by State Senator Antoine M. Thompson (D-Buffalo), Chair of the Senate’s Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation.

Solar Alliance Takes Positive Position on Feed-in Tariffs

October 20th, 2009 by Paul Gipe

The Solar Alliance, the US industry trade association for solar PV manufacturers and project developers, has recently posted a position paper supportive of feed-in tariffs (FITs) to their web site.

Ontario Rockets to Top Ten of Solar PV in North America

October 7th, 2009 by Paul Gipe

With activation October 5th of a 9.1 megawatt (MW) solar PV project in eastern Ontario, the Canadian province has rocketed to the top ten solar jurisdictions in North America.

India’s 1.1 Billion Move to Feed-in Tariffs

October 5th, 2009 by Paul Gipe

The world’s largest single political jurisdiction to date, India, has made a strategic move to use a comprehensive system of feed-in tariffs to develop its renewable energy potential.

Hawaii “Feed-in tariff” decision to open clean energy market

October 1st, 2009 by Paul Gipe

Honolulu–A decision issued last Friday by the Public Utilities Commission could spawn new clean energy investment statewide through a price guarantee for electricity produced by sun, wind, and hydroelectric sources. Advocates for clean energy are encouraged about the decision-which lays the framework for the new policy but doesn’t set specific rates for the purchase of clean power-although questions remain regarding the whether the policy will provide sufficient incentive to drive major new clean energy development.