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What Renewable Energy Policy Works Best? Feed-in tariffs

| Written by John Farrell | 1 Comment | Updated on Oct 5, 2011 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

Feed-in tariffs are responsible for two-thirds of the world’s wind power (64 percent) and almost 90 percent of the world’s solar power.  With simplified grid connections, long term contracts and attractive prices for development, that’s policy that works.

Click to see more of our feed-in tariff (also known as CLEAN Contracts in the U.S.) coverage on Energy Self-Reliant States or see some of our other work on the subject:

Feed-in Tariffs in America: Driving the Economy with Renewable Energy Policy that Works

Pricing CLEAN Contracts for Solar PV in the U.S.

Source for pie charts: Jacobs, David.  Applicability of the German FIT to the Taiwanese policy framework.  (Presentation to the International Symposium on Germany’s Renewable Energy Development and Power-purchasing Policy Trends, Taipei, Taiwan, 9/28/11). 

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John Farrell directs the Energy Self-Reliant States and Communities program at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and he focuses on energy policy developments that best expand the benefits of local ownership and dispersed generation of renewable energy. More

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  • John Christensen

    I follow your articles almost weekly with great interest and I believe you are right about policy choices but I find the challenge to enact solar incentives in WV very difficult as we have had a difficult time getting something as basic as energy efficiency measures adopted by our state legislature. I want to have legislation introduced this year that would begin the process to have a FIT in our state but am not sure how to sell it in our coal state. It sounds simple but how do we get buy in from the coal boys in order to accomplish this?