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16 May

In-Depth Analysis of Renewable Energy Policy With Toby D. Couture


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Sun Is The Future ( is very pleased to be able to share this interview of M. Toby D. Couture with our readers/viewers. We can learn much from this astute scholar of advanced renewable energy policy. His thorough examination of feed-in tariffs and overall renewable energy policy analysis are extremely insightful. We need more analysts such as M. Couture to guide us during our earthly transition toward the Renewable Energy Future. I am particularly optimistic with the “prosumer” concept mentioned in this video. I also liked his analogy of utility companies being equivalent to banks of financial services, becoming more of an intermediary between the electricity suppliers (from wide range of sources) and end-use customers. Finally, M. Couture reminds us the importance of encouraging environment to reduce risk for future growth potential of renewables. It is not often that during a conversation/interview of this duration (about 90 minutes) that I would be impressed with every point he’s made in his analysis. From his global perspective, we’ve come to appreciate the strength, weakness, and the reason behind various policies in different parts of the world. One cannot help but arrive at a sense of hope and optimism for our renewable energy future, if sufficient finance and policy are correctly in place as the motive force. Without further ado, I give you Toby D. Couture, below:
Besides being a Fulbright Scholar (2008-2009), Toby D. Couture had also received Contemporary Achievement Award from Mount Allison University (2012), Canadian SSHRC Scholarship, Baxter & Alma Ricard Foundation Scholarship, and A.H.Johnson Philosophy Award, you will find out more about his background, below:


Among his credentials:
1. Energy Analyst of Conservation Council of NB (2006-2007)
2. Energy & Financial markets Analyst of NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) (2008-2009)
3. Founder and Director of Energy Analysis of E3 Analytics (2009-2012)
4. Director of Renewable Energy at IFOK (2012-present)
5. Founder & Director of Renewable Energy (2014)

His Educational Background:
1. BA w/Distinction, Honours in Philosophy, Env. Policy & some Economics, from Mount Allison University
2. MA w/Distinction in Energy & Environmental Policy from Universite de Moncton
3. Studies in Renewable Energy Finance, Post-Master’s in Renewable Energy from Ecole des Mines de Paris, Sophia Antipolis
4. MSc w/Merit, in Financial & Commercial Regulation from London School of Economics and Political Science

Besides being an excellent speaker, M. Couture has also demonstrated, through his publications and reports, his impressive understanding of the integration of financial, political, and regulatory landscape of renewable energy. His publications are listed below:
1. The Rise and Fall of Oil (2011)
2. Analytical Brief on FITs vs. Auctions (2010)
3. Analytical Brief on Spain’s Solar PV Boom and Bust (2011)
4. Feed-in Tariffs: Arguments and Counterarguments (2010)
5. The Lesson From Spain (2013)

6. A Policymaker’s Guide to Feed-in Tariff Policy Design (2010)

Toby D. Couture now works at E3Analytics to help both private and public sector clients to navigate challenges in transitioning into an abundant, dispersed, and renewable energy resources.

To find out more about Toby Couture, his writings, and/or his ongoing projects, please visit:

Related articles:

1. Learning From Ed Regan & Mayor Pegeen Hanrahan About FIT (Feed-In-Tariff)

2.Further Updates To FIT (feed-In-Tariff) Worldwide

3.Incentive For Solar (15)-Feed-In-Tariff-US

4.Aussie’s Transition Into The Renewable Energy Age

5.Australian State Feed-In-Tariff

6.China Installed The Most Solar in 2013! China May Possibly Become The Cleanest Country On Planet Earth!

7.Why Should Utility Companies Consider Working With FIT (Feed-In-Tariff)?

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6 February

Request Considerations By Florida Gubernatorial Candidates


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In light of the upcoming Florida gubernatorial election this year, I hope all candidates would consider these matters, below:


Please help state of Florida to:

1. Set goal for Renewable/Solar Energy, given that Florida is one of the few states left that had not yet officially set any goal for renewable/solar energy (RPS, Renewable Portfolio  Standard).

2. Implement an effective Feed-In-Tariff policy (otherwise also known as the Renewable Energy Dividend Policy,; ; ; ; ) that will be inclusive of small users as well as large-scale users. Feed-In-Tariff had already proven to be the most effective incentive policy that would speed up the implementations of solar PV (in many other nations). The goal of feed-in-tariff is to offer cost-based compensation to renewable energy producers, providing the price certainty, and long-term contracts that help finance renewable energy investments.

3. Request state regulators to look into The Value of Solar ( & for this is the final missing link that will enable solar to be spread fairly, effectively, and quickly, for rich and for poor alike, for consumers as well as for utility. Ultimately, this would translate into a collaborative relationship between the utility and consumers, leading to a more stable grid for all consumers while increasing the longevity of the utility.

4. Streamline the permitting process of solar PV and solar thermal so to reduce the cost and amount of time in completing the process. Residents at Broward County are now able to get a solar energy system permit online in just half an hour;please refer to Jefferey Halsey, Broward County of Florida’s Director of Pollutioin Prevention, Remediation, and Air Quality Division during the video clip at Sun Is The Future at .

5. It seems feasible/optimal to introduce regulation to require solar thermal (solar hot water heating systems) when/where it is already a foregone conclusion that this would be an economically feasible approach in building design. Perhaps it is time to start the discussion in considering implementing this as part of the building code.

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9 June

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


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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!

As we progress to the fourth episode of the “Pathway To #100% Renewables Is Not A Pipedream”, I want to share with you  the talk by #Angelina Galiteva, Founding Board Chair of Renewables 100 Policy Institute. In addition to founding the Renewables 100 Policy Institute, #Angelina M. Galiteva was appointed in 2011 by #Governor Jerry Brown to the #California Independent Systems Operator Board (CAISO). Angelina Galiteva shares with us the goals for California’s renewable energy future:

  1. Increase the overall #RE (renewable energy) content
  2. #Create jobs and new industries
  3. Improve the environment
  4. Mitigate #climate change
  5. Increase #energy security
  6. Support new technologies

She stresses the importance of impact of regulatory policy on the structure and success for renewable energy industries. #Regulatory policy is essentially divided into three broad groups of policy on a geographic level:

  1. Traditional regulation (#Mandated standards and #Public education)
  2. Carbon Pricing (#Carbon taxes and #Cap-and-trade)
  3. #Innovation Policy (#Knowledge management and #Adjustment assistance)

In assessing the potential success of policies, investors are looking for a policy framework that will provide transparency, longevity, certainty and consistency.  The policy is more likely to be successful if it addresses issues below:

  1. Enhancing returns
  2. Mitigating risk
  3. Addressing non-financial barriers (such as inter-connection)

It has been demonstrated that Feed-In-Tariff is the most effective policy so far. Please view the video below where Angelina Galiteva explains why Feed-In-Tariff has proven to be such an effective incentive policy for renewable energy:

This is one of the reasons that Sun Is The Future began early in 2011, to help  spread better understanding of Feed-In-Tariff for Renewable/Solar Energy, to start the petition “#Solar-FIT For Sunshine State”. Yes, #FIT (Feed-In-Tariff) is an incentive policy that has and will benefit  the consumers/people.  So, please join me in signing the petition above if you are a resident of Florida. Please start a petition for your state/province/country if you are not a resident of Florida and if Feed-In-Tariff for Renewable Energy is not yet established in your state/province/country.  With the FIT in place, the future of our planet will be much brighter. I will try to start a youtube channel specifically on #Feed-In-Tariff to help clarify some of your questions. Please feel free to email me any link for any video(s) on the topic of Feed-In-Tariff.

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27 March

More On FIT (Feed-In-Tariff)


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Allow me to share with you some very informative articles on Feed-In-Tariff:

I. Renewable Energy at What Cost? Assessing the Effect of Feed-In-Tariff Policies on Consumer Electricity Prices in the European Union, by Christopher A. Klein, MA. Feed-In Tariffs have emerged as the dominant policy instrumental for supporting electricity from renewable sources in the European Union during the last two decades. This paper examines the effect of such feed-in-tariffs on consumer prices for electricity.

II. Learning From The German Transition To Renewable Energy, by Julius Fischer. German policy makers played a crucial role in the evolution of feed-in-tariffs (FITs) for renewables. FITs are the most elegant and effective policy instrumental in incentivizing renewable energy deployment in a cost-effective manner. Germany also has an impressive record of success in deploying renewable energy (esp. solar), and set high targets of efficiency improvement and renewables deployment. It is clear that we can use German example to show that renewable energy can and does create jobs and lower costs. The discourse surrounding the energy transition has ranged from whether the grid expansion can keep up with renewable energy deployment to whether the grid liability can be maintained  (and yes it definitely can), and whether shutting down nuclear power in Germany will only result in imports of nuclear power from France or the Czech Republic (it hasn’t). There are also questions of whether household electricity consumers or industry should pay less, and whether the energy transition can be done cheaper.

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2 February

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


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If you are in favor of renewable,  clean, or solar energy, please sign this petition for FIT/CLEAN Program, accessible at Thank you very much.

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
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10 July

Hurray For Gainesville’s Feed-In-Tariff, Let’s Also Get It For Rest of Florida and USA!


Dear Readers, Friends, and Sunshine Lovers,

If you are in favor of renewable/CLEAN energy, please sign the petition page showing support for FIT/CLEAN Program at Thank you.

I believe we are getting closer to the critical mass needed for Feed-In-Tariff to be receiving its deserved attention to become a state-wide program/policy for renewable/solar energy.

Time for an update on the first-U.S. Feed-In-Tariff in Gainesville, FL.  In June of 2011, Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) recognized GRU (Gainesville Regional Utilities) as one of the country’s leading utilities for integrating solar power into its energy portfolio.  I would like to, on behalf of Floridians, thank Ed Regan, who was instrumental in implementing the Feed-In-Tariff in Gainesville, FL.  For a better understanding of what Feed-In-Tariff is all about and how FIT is a fantastic incentive program that had benefited the community economically by making it more cost effective to invest in renewable energy and by promoting local job growth, please take a look/listen to the series of discussion on Feed-In-Tariff at Sun Is The Future and also at these two sources below:

Fellow Floridians, I hope you all will join me in learning and discussing more about Feed-In-Tariff with your friends, family, neighbors, and local Congressperson/Representatives for the possibility of introducing Feed-In-Tariff as one of the Senate Bills during this coming year.  We here in the Sunshine State of Florida should set an example in fully utilizing our most wonderful natural resource, our beautiful Sunshine/Sun power !

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