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23 May

Updating Feed-In Tariffs & Renewable Energy Policy

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Since our last post of the May 16, 2014 on In-Depth Analysis of Renewable Energy Policy with Toby D. Couture, there’s been much updates worldwide with regard to Feed-In Tariffs. Once again, our Wind Friend Paul Gipe has contributed much, below:

News on Feed-in Tariffs

May 20, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

Governor John de Jongh, Jr. of the Virgin Islands signed a bill enacting feed-in tariffs in the US territory on May 16, 2004. Act 7586 is a greatly watered down version of the original proposal by Senator Craig W Barshinger. The act directs the territory’s utility to set the tariffs and otherwise administer the program. The tariffs must be approved by the Public Service Commission. Unlike many recent feed-in tariff proposals in North America, the Virgin Islands act includes other renewables an[more]

May 20, 2014, by Conor Ryan

Facing pressure due in large part to a pipeline of proposed PV installations and increasing electricity demand, the Philippine Department of Energy (DOE) is organizing plans to raise its feed-in tariff (FiT) cap to 10 times more than the current rate.

May 19, 2014,   by Stuart Elmes

Since the domestic RHI launched in April 2014, I’ve been hearing people saying that the domestic RHI ‘isn’t such a good return as the feed-in tariff (FiT).

May 18, 2014,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

Here is yet another reason why the reductions German energy intensive industry gets when paying surcharges are not subsidies, and therefore none of the EU Commission’s business.

May 14, 2014,   by Erik Kwam

REACH’s wrapup summary of renewable legislation that was considered by Hawaii’s state legislature during its 2014 session, including 100% RE, storage, grid modernization, net-metering, and various renewable energy tax credits.

May 13, 2014,   by John Parnell

The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) could develop a new feed-in tariff (FiT) rate under plans putout for consultation on Tuesday.

 

News on Nuclear & Renewable Energy Policy

 

May 21, 2014,

The Fukui District Court ruled Wednesday that it will not allow the restart of two reactors at Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Oi nuclear plant, now under safety examination by Japan’s top nuclear watchdog. . . It is the first time since the Fukushima nuclear crisis erupted in March 2011 that a Japanese court has ordered a power supplier not to bring a nuclear plant online.

May 20, 2014,   by Ture Falbe-Hansen

The Danish Energy Agency has published an energy-scenario report and five sub-analyses on the energy system of the future and the challenges that need managing up to 2050 as fossil fuels are phased out and replaced with renewable energy.

May 19, 2014,   by Mitch Potter

A Canadian has discovered that radioactive trees aren’t decomposing, suggesting that fallout may be even more dangerous than we realize.

May 15, 2014,   by Allie Kosela

Environmentalists are applauding a landmark Federal Court ruling that puts the brakes on building expensive and risky new nuclear reactors in Ontario.

 

News on Wind Energy

 

May 16, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

Windpower Ownership in Sweden: Business models and motives, the new book by Tore Wizelius helps English-speakers understand how Swedes have taken a sizable ownership of wind energy in spite of their government. In this, his book can serve as an inspiration to community wind advocates worldwide who face many of the same challenges faced in Sweden.[more]

 

News on Solar Energy

 

May 10, 2014,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

In comparison, the German Chancellor’s office (Bundeskanzleramt) has a 150 kW installation. That’s at least by a factor 10 more than what Obama has installed.

 

News on Household-Size (Small) Wind Turbines

 

May 16, 2014,

Evance have an innovative new windmill design 90% of the way through development and nearing the production stage, following the manufacture and supply of almost 2,000 of smaller windmills –between 10-20m tall – to Britain and locations across the globe from the USA and Madagascar over the past decade.

May 7, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

Quiet Revolution, the one-time manufacturer of an architecturally dramatic helical wind turbine, filed for bankruptcy on 15 April in London.

 

News on Geothermal Energy

 

May 15, 2014,   by Ari Phillips

However, developers say a lot of the uncertainty around geothermal in the U.S., and part of the reason it hasn’t grown much in recent years, is due to the unreliable nature of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and Investment Tax Credit (ITC).


This feed-in tariff news update is made in cooperation with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. The views expressed are those of Paul Gipe and are not necessarily those of ILSR.


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13 June

Pathway To 100% Renewables Is Not A Pipedream (8)

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Updates on our Solar-FIT For Sunshine State petition: 163 signatures strong. We need more! Please help us to spread more sunshine by signing this petition and sharing it with others. It is our shared responsibility to move toward the renewable energy age and Sunshine is the cleanest, healthiest, and least war-prone way to go!
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This  final episode of the series on “#Pathway To 100% Renewables Is Not A Pipedream (8)” here at Sun Is The Future concerns $. Yes, behind any project or movement, it is necessary to take a close look at the financial support behind the scene and its feasibility so to better understand viability of its potential future direction. In this particular episode, we have #Marco Krapels, the executive Vice President of Rabobank N.A. and co-founder of Empowered by Light. Rabobank has been a leader in financing consumer-owned renewables for over twenty years. Mr. Marco Krapels brought us interviews of some of the clients of Rabobank to affirm the need and moral imperative for all of us to step up to the plate during this transition into the 100% Renewables. But in addition to the moral and  ethical perspective, investing in renewables makes perfect economic sense! Mr. Krapels bring us the supporting data that has shown the accelerated transition into clean and renewable energy. It is irrefutable that clean and renewable energy will be cheaper. It is also true that for the first time, through renewables such as solar and wind, we are able to have certainty in the energy price twenty or thirty years down the road. When some one is going solar, he/she is essentially hedging against future volatile energy cost. The math is simple:

x=(cost of solar-local incentives- tax deductions)/expected kwh solar system produces per yr over 30 yr lifespan

if x < current payment to utility company——–> GO SOLAR! NO BRAINER!

What we need to do is to make sure that the enlightened, conscientious, clear-thinking and updated politicians are in place. Below is the video clip of Mr. Marco Krapels’ talk:

Since Robabank started financing solar, the default rate on solar is zero! No default on billions of dollars of loans and the returns are high. For these solar loans represent financing for infinite source of fuel, with proven technology, and long term fixed contract…how can one lose?!

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After listening to this talk, I am totally energized because it is obvious to me that Solar has reached an unstoppable point that it will eventually become the cheapest source of energy.  But…there is always a “but”…we need to make sure that the clear-thinking, conscientious, and well-informed politicians will be in place in order for consumers to actually receive the cheapest, cleanest, and healthiest form of energy for generations to come.

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7 June

Pathway To 100% Renewables Is Not A Pipedream (2)

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As I’ve promised in our June 6, 2013 post, let’s continue on with this series of exciting talks from the first #International Conference on Pathway To 100% Renewables that took place on April 16, 2013, in San Francisco. Today’s post will feature Dr. Eric Martinot, Report Author of #REN21 Renewables Global Futures Report & Research Director of Institute For Sustainable Energy Policies of Tokyo, bringing us the summary of his two year research compiling thousands of research articles and interviewing 170 leading experts (including CEO and major investment and finance companies) around the world in the field, asking them “What do you think about the future of #renewable energy?” Here, Dr. Martinot will present both the current and  future landscape of our #global renewable energy, below:


It is exciting to see that investments in renewable energy have become not just the mainstream, but the leader and majority of the power investments (ahead of nuclear and  fossil fuel) globally. Yes, there is hope for human kind! So, be sure to share these data and reports with others and help one another to prepare for future career and business opportunities! Here, at Sun Is The Future, we will always try to provide the updated picture of what true renewable and solar energy landscapes present.

 

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3 July

Solar Small Business Entrepreneurs May Get Funding/Grants/Loans From Various Sources

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Please take advantage of the 3700 free $25 initial trials (for new users) still available at Kiva to join Sunisthefuture Team at Kiva, and activate this free $25 initial trial by lending it to an entrepreneur of your choosing, so we can combine our efforts to alleviate poverty, empower solar/renewable energy/energy efficiency/recycling entrepreneurs in USA and other countries of the planet earth!  You may choose one entrepreneur to loan this free $25 initial trial to. Upon its return/refund, you may choose to relend  this $25 to another entrepreneur.  Please share this loan with the Sunisthefuture Team.  Our team focuses our energy/loans in helping solar/renewable energy/energy efficiency/recycling entrepreneurs throughout our planet earth.  So, join us!

Keep in mind that you can become a Kiva loaner/lender as well as a borrower (if you will be setting up a small business.).  Kiva lends not only to developing countries but also to entrepreneurs in USA!

You may also find out more about how Kiva works via:  www.kiva.org/invitedby/susansun9682

Allow me to share the video clip below on some updated information concerning Kiva by Premal Shah (Kiva President/founder) & Join Sunisthefuture Team at Kiva by clicking on: www.kiva.org/team/sunisthefuture and learn more about how Kiva works/get your free $25  initial trial at: www.kiva.org/invitedby/susansun9682

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I’ve received some of your emails regarding questions/concerns in how to obtain funding to start a solar/renewable energy/energy efficiency small business.  Here are some info/links that may be of assistance to you:

Furthermore, there are also several other avenues for finance one may consider upon starting one’s own business:

  • Self-financing
  • Loans from family and friends (agreement in writing is highly recommended)
  • Private stock issue
  • Forming partnerships  (General Partnership: all partners are individually personally responsible for their debts and all partners has the power to manage the business; Limited Partnerships: only general partners have control over management, whereas limited partners are only responsible for the debts to the extent of their investment in the business and no influence in management of the business at all; Limited Liability Partnership: all partners have limited liability but all also have power to manage the business.)
  • Venture capital: supplied by the professional investors and given to new growing businesses with impressive business venture plans. Financing is done by third-party investors investing from the professionally managed fund (generated by managing the pooled money of others.)
  • Angel Investors: wealthy individuals lending his/her own personal funds to help set up a business and in return generally acquires ownership equity of the business. Now a days, multiple Angel Investors are forming Angel Groups or Angel Networks engaging them in financing small businesses to a greater extent (example:  Oprah’s The Angel Network.)
  • Bank loans, donations, grants and subsidies are also potential sources of finance for small businesses (as seen above in various links).

Let’s speed up our ability to spread the sunshine across our planet earth by empowering  solar (or other)  entrepreneurs!  Hurry Up, there are not that many free $25 left!

~have a bright and sunny day~

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2 February

Sustainability and Clean Energy Talk by Former Governor of Colorado, Bill Ritter

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Dear Fellow Clean/Solar/Renewable Energy Enthusiasts,

I want to share with you a very informative video clip that was filmed on Dec. 6, 2011, at the Wynkoop Brewery in Denver, CO, of a talk given by former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, as part of a Sustainability Series.  Former Governor Ritter, with his personable demeanor and self-effacing sense of humor, shared with us his trials and tribulations in promoting and establishing clean energy policy/programs during his governorship of CO.  He learned and shared with us the interdependent relationship of Energy-Environment-Economic development-Equity (to protect rate payers/lower income people).  During his travel and talks, he  emphasized the importance of  Americans’ need to continue pushing  issues behind Policy, Technology, and Finance of the Clean Energy programs.  He also mentioned the effectiveness of energy efficiency through governmental policy and finance  that would be worthwhile to move into the private sector.  He also reminded us the value of clean energy programs in community colleges as well as the four year universities/colleges.  His focus now is in working with various state governors’ offices and legislators in clean energy agenda, as part of the Energy Policy Swat Team, to help increase the chance for US to become one of the leaders in energy field in the free world.  Please also pay close attention to the interesting Disconnect (between the American voters and Congressional voting result, such that the fact that the majority of Americans want Clean Energy and are willing to pay for it is not demonstrated in the outcome of Congressional votes) that was brought up toward the end of this talk.  Please listen carefully to the cause and possible solution of/for this disconnect. Without further ado, here is former Governor Bill Ritter:


I’d like to point out, based on part of this talk, that the Number One Clean Energy voted by American people is that of Solar Energy!
Thank you, Governor Ritter, for your time, effort, and candor!

At this point, at the risk of sounding like a broken record, I would like to invite you all to revisit my collection of posts and video clips on effective Feed-In-Tariff gathered from May 8-Aug. 4, 2011 and Nov. 11, 2011 posts at http://sunisthefuture.net
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