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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!

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?!


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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6 June

Pathway To 100% Renewables Is Not A Pipedream (1)


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Remember the first Pathway To #100% Renewable Energy Conference at Fort Mason in San Francisco on April 16, 2013?    I made plan to attend but was not able to in the last minute due to my mother’s illness.  Thanks to #Diane Moss(Along with founding the #Renewables 100 Policy Institute, Diane Moss acts as Policy Advisor to #World Future Council and Nuclear Campaign Consultant to Friends of the Earth.) , many of the recorded sessions are now available at Renewables 100 Policy Institute and I’d like to share some of these talks from the most enlightened, energetic, and progressive researches, scientists, and policy makers of our time from all over the globe in this and coming episodes here at Sun Is The Future of . The time is ripe, we have the science and technology on our side…let’s get ready to transition into the 100% Renewable Energy Age! It’s not a pipe dream. We simply need to share the information and knowledge with as many as possible (so please let others become aware of the Renewables 100 Policy Institute). Below is a composite of some of the speakers from this conference filmed by The Future of Energy in April, 2013.

More talks will be shared in the coming episodes here at #Sun Is The Future. Get ready to be excited about the future of our planet! Ge ready to prepare a brighter future for our future generations! The future is here now!

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

Pathway To 100% Renewables Is Not A Pipedream (3)

Pathway To 100% Renewables Is Not A Pipedream (4)

Pathway To 100% Renewables Is Not A Pipedream (5)

Pathway To 100% Renewables Is Not A Pipedream (6)

Pathway To 100% Renewables Is Not A Pipedream (7)

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


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