New York Solar Energy Society Calls for Feed-in Tariffs
November 11, 2009
By Paul Gipe
The New York Solar Energy Society <http://www.nyses.org/> (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.
NYSES' alert includes 14 talking points <http://www.nyses.org/pmwiki/uploads/Main/NYSES_NYFiT-TalkingPoints-20091110.pdf> that explain why New York state needs renewable energy now and how feed-in tariffs will make it happen.
Previously, the New York State Solar Energy Industry Association (NYSEIA) had called for action on feed-in tariffs in support of Senator Thompson's bill. See New York SEIA Calls for Feed-in Tariffs <http://www.wind-works.org/FeedLaws/USA/
Both Florida's SEIA and California's SEIA have called for various versions of feed-in tariffs in their respective states.
Neither the American Solar Energy Society nor the national Solar Energy Industries Association has explicitly called for feed-in tariffs. Recently, however, the Solar Alliance, a trade association of solar PV manufacturers and developers, posted its policy in support of feed-in tariffs. See Solar Alliance Position Paper on Feed-in Tariffs <http://www.wind-works.org/FeedLaws/USA/SolarAlliancePositionPaperonFeed-inTariffs.html> .
NYSES' campaign for feed-in tariffs in the Empire State is being led by Wyldon Fishman <mailto:email@example.com> , the founder and current president of NYSES.
What's New on Feed-in Tariffs
New York Solar Energy Society Calls for Feed-in Tariffs--The New York Solar Energy Society <http://www.nyses.org/> (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. . .
Energy Matters: Renewable Energy Feed In Tariffs Vs. Emissions Trading <http://www.energymatters.com.au/index.php?main_page=
news_article&article_id=648> --According to a study by Deutsche Bank?s Asset Management (DeAM) division, emissions trading hasn't stimulated renewable energy investment and energy efficiency and governments should instead focus on introducing feed-in tariffs. . .
Manilla Times: Philippines to Introduced Feed-in Tariffs in First Quarter 2010 <http://www.manilatimes.net/index.php/business/5165
-re-standards-to-be-completed-in-first-quarter-next-year> --The National Renewable Energy Board (NREB) targets to complete the guidelines on renewable energy use in the country by the first quarter of next year. Arthur Aguilar, NREB chairman, said the board already set up committees to study the country?s renewable portfolio standards (RPS) and feed-in tariff for the use of ?green? energy. . .
'Feed-In Tariffs' Ready For Encore In Energy Debate <http://energytopic.nationaljournal.com/2009/11/tariffs-ready-for.php> by Emily Vaughan--Nearly every state rewards users of solar panels, wind turbines and other renewable technologies with credits on their electric bills or by paying them for the excess electricity they generate. Some observers say these steps will help prime the rest of the country to go a step further and embrace "feed-in tariffs" at a federal level. . .
America's Berlin Wall of Energy <http://energypriorities.com/entries/2009/11/berlin_wall_of_energy.php> by Denis Du Bois--Germany's feed-in tariff is largely responsible for the country's dominant position in the global renewable-energy industry. The role of ratepayer in unified Germany is reversible. Independent producers of renewable energy can sell power back to utilities, and utilities are required to pay a favorable set rate. A solar energy industry has blossomed where division once blocked the way. . .
Michigan Power plan would promote renewable energy <http://greatlakesecho.org/2009/11/08/power-plan-would-promote-renewable-energy/> --A proposed ?feed-in tariff? plan would allow individuals and businesses to generate renewable power and sell it to utility companies with a guaranteed ?reasonable profit? of 10 to 30 percent. . .
This feed-in tariff news update is partially supported by the Jan David Blittersdorf Foundation 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.