What’s New on Feed-in Tariffs
This feed-in tariff news update is partially supported by An Environmental Trust and David Blittersdorf in cooperation with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. The views expressed are those of Paul Gipe and are not necessarily those of the sponsors.
- Utility-scale Solar PV Prices Increasing in California by Craig Morris, Renewables International–It is interesting to note that, while feed-in tariffs for solar have been accused of overpaying, feed-in tariffs have been plummeting in countries like France and Germany during the timeframe under investigation here, whereas the policy used in the US has apparently been overpaying solar. . .
- Ontario Power Authority’s Colin Anderson: FIT for Ontario–Ontario signalled its intention of becoming a world leader in renewable energy a year ago when it launched a Feed-in Tariff program. The program is the most comprehensive in North America and offers guaranteed, long-term prices for renewable energy producers. It provides reasonable rates of return to increase investor confidence and to make it easier to finance projects. Toronto Star: Ikea generates cash from roof tops by John Spears–Ikea says its solar installations are the biggest to be owned and operated by a retailer in Canada. . .
- Reuters: Spain’s Siliken to open solar plant in Ontario–Spanish solar equipment maker Siliken S.A. said on Friday it will open a manufacturing plant in Windsor, Ontario, to capitalize on an Ontario provincial government program that pays high rates for green energy but requires local content in installations. . .
- Globe and Mail: Machining firm says bye autos, hello solar–And as Ontarios coal-generated electricity about 7 per cent of the total is phased out by 2014, the demand for renewables is likely to keep growing. . .
- Bulgaria Raises Biomass Feed-in Tariffs–The State Water and Energy Regulatory Commission (SEWRC) in Bulgaria set a higher purchase price of electricity produced by biomass power plants running on wood and logging waste in Bulgaria with installed capacity greater than 5 MW – EUR 113.76 per MWh. . .
- DigiTimes: Taiwan’s Solar PV Feed-in Tariff Exceeds 2010 Target–Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) had received 981 photovoltaic (PV) system projects filed for application for feed-in tariff subsidization with total installation capacity of 151MWp, and had approved 452 projects with total capacity of 69MWp as of October 15, exceeding the target of 64MWp for 2010. . .
- Presentation by Paul Gipe on Advanced Renewable Tariffs for New York State October 20, 2010
- Conservative Hoover Institution to Recommend Evaluating Feed-in Tariffs–In a striking illustration that support for feed-in tariffs comes from both the right and the left, both Republicans and Democrats, the Hoover Institution will recommend that the US “evaluate” the renewable energy policy. . .
- Feed-in Tariffs for Energy Efficiency and Conservation (Energy Saving)–While feed-in tariffs are most often associated with the generation and sale of electricity produced by generators using renewable sources of energy, they can also be used to pay for renewable heat and for energy efficiency and conservation. . .
- Paul Gipe presentation to GACC’s Energy Forum, Washington, DC 14 October 2010
- Vermont Sees No Conflict between Feed-in Tariffs and Federal Law–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. .
- Germany Adds Nearly 1% of Electricity Supply with Solar in Eight Months–Seemingly determined to put an end to speculation that solar photovoltaics (PV) can’t “scale” quickly enough to make a dent in electricity consumption, the German solar industry continues to break records. . .
- Gainesville Reopens Solar FIT Oct. 4–With an impressive 566 percent increase in the amount of solar energy in Gainesville since GRU first proposed the popular solar feed-in tariff (FIT) program in October 2008, the utility announced it will reopen the program next month to encourage small businesses and residential customers to invest in solar energy. . .
- Toronto Star: Ontarios FIT program a success after one year–Ontarios feed-in-tariff program is one year old on Oct. 1 and most would call it a success, judged strictly by the number of green-power projects it has attracted. . .
- What’s New on Community Power
- New Regulations Encourage Community-Based Renewable Projects in Nova Scotia–The new regulations enable the province to increase the amount of renewable electricity produced in communities across Nova Scotia, to help government achieve the goals it set in the province’s new Renewable Electricity Plan. . .
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