CLEAN Programs (Feed-In Tariffs)

Date: 22 Aug 2012 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestmail

Few policies make renewable energy production easier than CLEAN (Clean Local Energy Accessible Now) Programs, also known as feed-in tariffs.  The basic premise is to require utilities to buy renewable energy from individuals or businesses on long-term, fixed price contracts at prices sufficient to encourage them to invest.  The most robust policies span multiple technologies (wind, solar, biogas) and set prices differently based on project sizes.  The simplest ones may offer just a single price for one technology, e.g. solar.

Worldwide, CLEAN programs are responsible for 90% of the world’s installed solar power and two-thirds of the wind power.  In 2012, 17 programs were active across 14 states.

ILSR CLEAN Program Resources

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John Farrell directs the Energy Democracy initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and he develops tools that allow communities to take charge of their energy future, and pursue the maximum economic benefits of the transition to 100% renewable power.