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Take Back Your Power

Utility companies are replacing electricity, gas and water meters worldwide with new generation “smart” meters at an unprecedented rate. Take Back Your Power investigates the benefits and risks of this ubiquitous “smart” grid program, with insight from insiders, expert researchers, politicians, doctors, and concerned communities. Transparency advocate Josh del Sol takes us on a journey of revelation and discovery, as he questions corporations’ right to tap our private information and erode our rights in the name of “green”. What you discover will surprise you, unsettle you, and inspire you to challenge the status quo.



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What's New on Feed-in Tariffs

  • Is the Unthinkable Possible: Feed-in Tariffs for Coal and Nuclear?--29-10-12 Conservative State of Indiana First Out of the Gate with Coal Gas Tariff--British Nuclear Tariffs Expected Shortly . . .
  • Renewables International: RFPs make renewables artificially expensive--25-10-12 Europeans call them "calls for tenders"; Americans, "requests for proposals" (RFPs). The generic term is "competitions" – and the word suggests that the best project wins. Proponents of RFPs therefore claim that this policy option is better than feed-in tariffs, though the statistics for the cost of deployment have never backed up the theoretical claim. Now, an industry insider who long denigrated feed-in tariffs confirms what proponents of feed-in tariffs have said all along – RPFs are manipulated. . .
  • Philippines: Cooling on coal with FITs--29-10-12 However, Pete Maniego, chair of the National Renewable Energy Board, points out that the proposed feed-in tariff (FIT) rates for hydro and biomass power at P6.15 and P7 per kWh, respectively, are already lower than the approved electricity rates for coal plants in 2011. Maniego notes that coal advocates usually emphasize the price advantage of coal, “but that cost advantage does not factor the ill effects of carbon in the atmosphere… hidden costs [that] are not borne by the electricity or transport payer, but by those in the community whose health are affected.” . . .
  • PV-Tech: LIPA board votes to expand FiT program by 100MW--29-10-12 The Long Island Power Authority’s (LIPA) board of trustees has passed an authorized plan to expand its Feed-in-tariff (FiT) by 100MW, no later than next July. . .
  • AOL: The Green Republic? Germany's Wind Energy Boom--8-10-12 In the case of wind energy in Germany, the race to develop new capacity has been accelerated by access to a feed-in-tariff and by policies that prioritize delivery of renewable power. . .
  • Lenz Blog: German Feed-in Tariff Costs Invisible Without Magnifying Glass--19-10-12 The German Environment Ministry has compiled a helpful page on recent development of energy costs for use in school lessons. For anyone paying attention, there is not ever so much new information. However, this comes in handy in the current wave of anti-renewable energy propaganda. . .
  • Gainesville Sun: Price that city pays for electricity through feed-in tariff continues to decrease--18-10-12 On Thursday, city commissioners gave initial approval to rates for next year that represent price decreases of approximately 44 percent and 42 percent since 2009 for the two categories of solar installations that have been part of the program from its inception. . .
  • Renewables International: Time to celebrate the Energiewende19-10-12 Poor Energiewende – no one seems to love it. The current governing coalition consists of the two parties that have traditionally opposed the switch to renewables over the past two decades, and lots of these politicians still have a hard time wholeheartedly embracing their new policy. Nor is there much praise from the traditional supporters of renewables. These days, the opposition Social Democrats and Greens – the parties that really got the ball rolling with the Renewable Energy Act in 2000 – also now find themselves mainly criticizing details about what Merkel's coalition is doing with their political baby. . .
  • LADWP Holds Feed-in Tariff (FiT) Program Workshops--16-10-12 Begun with a pilot phase for 10 megawatts last summer, the FiT Program offers an opportunity for customers or other third parties to develop and generate rooftop photovoltaic power that will be purchased by LADWP for distribution on the city’s power grid. The pilot phase garnered 26 applications for 7 megawatts of proposed solar projects, ranging in size from 38 kilowatts to 995 kilowatts, located throughout the City of Los Angeles, and one project proposed in the Owens Valley. . .
  • Ethiopian Electricity Feed in Tariff Proclamation to be Revised--16-10-12 The new Feed-in-Tariff Proclamation was to be passed into law during this year to facilitate large scale deployment of renewable energy investment by providing investment security and market stability for private investors investing in the sector. . .
  • Renewables International: Renewables raise German retail power rate by 7 percent but lower industry prices by 18 percent--15-10-12 Opponents of renewables are using the increase to claim that renewables are too expensive and should be stopped, and they are suddenly concerned about the impact on the poor – even as German power firms rake in the cash. But German media and consumer advocates don't buy the logic. The calculation of the surcharge needs to be redesigned so that households do not have to subsidize industry so much. . .
  • TÜV: V Conto Energia: New requirements for receipt of feed-in tariff in Italy--10-10-12 The Italian authority in overall charge, Gestore Servizi Energetici (GSE), has changed the requirements that operators of photovoltaic plants must fulfill if they wish to receive the government feed-in tariff in accordance with Conto Energia V in the future. “Italy is one of the most important markets for the solar industry. The new regulations came into force on August 27, 2012, and are relevant for module manufacturers, project planners and solar power plant operators that are active in Italy,” says Marco Piva, Business Field Manager Solar/Fuel Technology di TÜV Rheinland Italia. This is because the most important regulations that solar power plant operators must meet in order to apply for the feed-in tariff relate to the quality of the modules and their manufacturers. . .
  • Turkish Feed-in Law English Language Text--17-1-2011 Law No. 6094 . . .
  • Austin Energy Introduces a Feed-in Tariff Sort of--8-6-12 The customer would be credited on their electric bill for 100% of the kWh produced by their solar system at a Value-of-Solar Factor (currently 12.8 cents per kWh). The Value-of-Solar Factor will be updated each year. This new approach is designed to compensate customers for the full value of the power produced by their solar systems. It would apply to all current and future residential solar customers. This approach, called Gross Metering, provides a greater payback to solar owners. . .

Nuclear Power, Japan, Feed-in Tariffs, and the Rapid Development of Renewables

  • Common Dreams: Frankenstorms and the Fukushima Factor--29-10-12 Nuclear reactors are barely mentioned when disaster preparedness agencies begin issuing storm warnings. This is a mistake. In the past, floods, storms, lightening strikes and earthquakes have repeatedly knocked US reactors offline. On several occasions, extended power outages have put reactors at risk of core damage. In a few cases, some of these high-risk atomic steam kettles came within hours of a meltdown before critical power was restored. . .
  • Independent: Tough choices on nuclear power--21-10-12 Britain's energy policy is in trouble. Plans to have five more nuclear plants running by 2025 look like missing their targets without significant foreign investment, part of which, until recently, it was hoped would come from China. But since a Chinese consortium suspended interest in UK projects, the future of the five has looked questionable and pressure is on to lure back Chinese investors or find others. . .
  • Reuters: Europe Power-French spot up on record nuclear outages--17-10-12 rench electricity spot prices rose on Wednesday, decoupling from lower German prompt prices, boosted by a sharp decline in French nuclear power capacity caused by a series of unplanned outages, traders said. . .

What's New on Solar Energy

  • Electric Car Notes by Ben Zuckerman: A Nissan LEAF EV After 18 Months--29-10-12 I'm in Hawaii now but two weeks from now I'll be taking the car in for its 1.5 year service check up. The first two check-ups cost me zero $$. . .
  • George Shultz on energy & electric vehicles: It's personal--12-7-12 My solar panels have long since paid for themselves by the savings in electricity costs. I have my electric car running on electricity from the sun, which costs me nothing and there is plenty of it here. So, I'm driving on sunshine. Take that, Ahmadinejad! . . .
  • Lenz Blog: Monster Growth Rates in Chinese Solar Market--27-10-12 In terms of produced electricity, China has grown 540% from last year. And in terms of capacity, 2.71 GW of capacity added in the first nine months of this year are already a 4.2 fold increase on last year. . .
  • IMS: 2012 China PV Market: Slow Start but a Strong Ending to Come--9-10-12 China’s domestic photovoltaic (PV) market made a slow start to the year, with just 720 megawatts (MW) installed in the first half, according to the latest research from IMS Research (recently acquired by IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS)). However, installations are forecast to surge in the second half, with more than four gigawatts (GW) of PV installations to be completed, taking full year installations to five GW, according to the Q3’12 edition of the China PV Market – Supply and Demand Quarterly report, released in September. . .
  • Renewables International: Grid parity still the goal?--22-10-12 That quote comes from a presentation given by an IEA representative at the 27th PV-SEC in September, where the keynote address was "What is a fair price for PV electricity?" and a number of presentations focused on the “post-FIT” era. None of the presentations explains why feed-in tariffs for solar should disappear when they fall below the retail rate even though the ones for small biomass and wind have long been below the retail rate. . .

What's New on Community Power

  • Manifesto published to accelerate ‘community energy revolution’--18-10-12 A high-profile alliance of charities, co-operatives and organisations has published a manifesto to help advance community-owned renewable energy in the UK. . .
  • ICM: Community owned renewable energy--19-10-12 Of the 2027 GB adults interviewed 68% said they would be likely to support local renewable energy projects, including wind turbines, if they were 100% owned and controlled by the community with all the profits benefiting the community. Only 7% of respondents said they would be unlikely to support a project such as this. . .
  • Euractiv: Power to the people: The community-based energy transition in Europe--16-10-12 Generating all energy from renewable sources is no longer a pipe dream in Europe. From Denmark to Austria, we can see examples of a successful energy transition. Germany is clearly seen as the front-runner and an important driver - especially due to its nuclear phase-out. But the energy transition is not only “made in Germany” but also “made in Europe”, says Anna Leidreiter. . .

What's New on Wind Energy

  • Guardian: UK public favours wind turbines over shale gas wells, poll finds--23-10-12 More than two-thirds of people would rather have a wind turbine than a shale gas well near their home, according to a new opinion poll published on Tuesday. . .
  • UK Wind Power "Debate" : Latest Debunking--23-10-12 The deceptively-named Global Warming Policy Foundation (often mentioned on ET, try here and here) think-tanks on climate change (obfuscation), renewable energy (opposition), and conventional energy sources (support). In this case, the Imperial College team (from the Centre for Energy Policy and Technology plus the Business School, and help from the Department of Electrical Engineering) refute the main planks of the GWPF's testimony before the Committee, and in passing present some interesting arguments and new research data. . .

Grid Integration: Why a Mix of Wind & Solar Works Best

  • Washington Post: German official says expansion of renewable energy production outpacing forecasts--29-10-12 The production of renewable energies in Germany is expected to grow faster than the government’s forecast and account for almost half of the country’s electricity within a decade, a top official said Monday. . . The current boom in new installations of wind, solar and other renewable power sources will easily top the official target of 35 percent by 2022, reaching about 48 percent by then, said Stephan Kohler, who heads the government-affiliated agency overseeing Germany’s electricity grid. . .
  • Renewables International: Warnings about possible power outages in Germany overstated--26-10-12 An article today in German weekly Die Zeit reveals how completely overblown the likelihood is of power outages resulting from the country's Energiewende. . .
  • Jérôme Guillet: UK Wind Power "Debate"--Latest Debunking--23-10-12 The deceptively-named Global Warming Policy Foundation (often mentioned on ET, try here and here) think-tanks on climate change (obfuscation), renewable energy (opposition), and conventional energy sources (support). In this case, the Imperial College team (from the Centre for Energy Policy and Technology plus the Business School, and help from the Department of Electrical Engineering) refute the main planks of the GWPF's testimony before the Committee, and in passing present some interesting arguments and new research data. . .

What Can Be Found on This Site

Paul Gipe

This site contains information about my books, an archive of my articles, and descriptions of my workshops on wind energy and Advanced Renewable Tariffs. This site also contains an extensive collection of articles and technical reports on electricity feed laws or renewable energy tariffs. I've been an outspoken proponent of feed laws since the late 1990s when I urged the American Wind Energy Association to call for them nationally. Photograph of Wulf Test Field & Paul Gipe. Bergey 850 in background.

Photography

My photos are stocked by Still Pictures in London. For more on my photography and for photo tours of several wind farms as well as a sampling of wind energy icons, see the photos section of this site.

Small Turbine Testing

Beginning in 1997 I've measured the performance and noise emissions of small wind turbines at the Wulf Test Field in the Tehachapi Pass. For more information on this work, visit Wulf Test Field.

Previous Web Sites

My web pages have previously been hosted on the Chelsea Green web site and by the Workgroup Wind Turbines at TU-Berlin. My thanks to Michael and Sienna Potts, and to Klaus Kaiser, for their help posting my pages in the past.

Origin of Wind-Works

Since 1981, following a trip to Denmark, I've stressed the theme that wind energy does indeed work, makes economic and environmental sense, and is here to stay. Even then Denmark was a model of how successful wind energy could become--when given the opportunity. In North America at the time, there were few wind turbines and only a few of those operated well. Most simply didn't work. My slogan was as much a statement of what could be as it was a statement of fact. Today, wind turbines are commonplace throughout the world and "wind works", once a bold statement, now elicits a "What? Of course it does. Everyone knows that." And that's the way it should be.--Paul Gipe

New emissions regulations could cost trillions as natural gas prices rise


natural gasThe cost of new environmental regulations for the power generation industry could rise into the trillions in coming years, one energy industry analyst told AOL Energy.

At a seminar hosted earlier this month at the Deloitte Center for Energy Solutions, Deloitte MarketPoint founder Dale Nesbitt explained to participants that the ultimate cost of new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations restricting emissions will depend largely on the price of natural gas.

The final number, however, will likely range between $1.5 trillion and $2 trillion regardless.

The U.S. has been using around 7 trillion cubic feet per year to fuel natural gas power plants, but that number could double as utilities begin to take advantage of plummeting natural gas prices to help comply with the new rules.

However, Forbes reports that gas could see a dramatic reversal in fortunes. Having dropped when production rose as demand stayed stagnant, the fossil fuel's prices could spike as production is scaled back and demand finally begins to increase.

Wind energy tax credit extensions go down in Senate

 

Washington, D.C., March 14, 2012 — The extension of the production tax credit for wind power failed to move forward in the U.S. Senate March 14, but advocates of the American wind energy industry say they will continue to press the issue.

 

The 49-49 vote to extend the wind power PTC was not enough to break the 60-vote mark needed to break a filibuster. The extension was introduced by Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.).

 

Senators from states that have significant wind power investments, such as Colorado, say failing to renew the PTC would carry dire financial consequences. Without an extension, the tax breaks will expire at the end of 2012.

 

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said the wind industry is on a "gravy train" that must be derailed so the U.S. can cut its spending levels.

 

PTCs for various forms of renewable energy, including wind and solar, require periodic renewal in Congress for the programs to continue. They have passed into law and been renewed several times in the past decade.

 

PTCs for wind energy help to defray the cost of building and operating a wind farm, helping make the technology more cost competitive with other forms of power generation.

 

The amendment that did not pass March 14 also included tax incentives for energy efficient buildings, biofuels and other initiatives.




Feed-in Tariffs: The Proven Road NOT Taken…Why?


November 23, 2011



UPDATE: 10/05/2011

With total failure of government to implement a viable nationwide feed in tariff, it is refreshing to see more and more states make individual effort to do what the government has failed to do.

With the latest loss of over a half a billion dollars on Solydra scam on taxpayers, never mind EverGreen demise before it, the energy secretary has proven once again he is clueless, just as it appears all of government is when it comes to creating jobs, never mind green jobs.  Latest statistics indicate that it cost us taxpayers hundreds of thousands for each green job created. If that doesn't say government incompetence, nothing does, it is time to dump Steven Chu.

This administration has killed the green movement and I doubt any company will be funded or receive any loan guarantees for years to come due to the billions wasted since 2009.  Gross incompetence at all levels of government is to blame, never mind whereby Solyndra was known to have a useless solar technology from days of President Bush who had clearly nixed the funding guarantee in 2008.  It will be interesting to see how this congressional investigation goes in the coming months.  Just as with Fast and Furious ATF debacle, it all ends up at the presidents office, so stay tuned.