Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
A dear and trusted colleague and friend, Paul Gipe (who sometimes posts here at ET), has written of a new study on FITs.

Feed-in Tariffs Do More for Wind at Less Cost to Ratepayers than RPS, Says German Agency

In a recent report, the German Renewable Energy Agency says that across Europe countries using feed-in tariffs develop more wind energy and pay less for it than countries using quota systems.
Italian wind generation has fallen behind electricity generation from solar photovoltaics for the first time in an industrialized country. Italy uses feed-in tariffs to pay for solar energy instead of a trading system in green certificates, one of the hallmarks of a quota system.

Great Britain, which also uses a quota system for large-scale wind energy and has the best wind resources in Europe, pays 20% more for wind energy than Germany: €0.108/kWh ($0.135/kWh). More than half of German wind capacity is now installed in lower wind areas of mid-Germany and yet Germany still pays less than Great Britain for wind energy.

Payments for wind energy normally reflect the costs of wind energy and costs are substantially less where the wind resources are greater. Thus, it is unusual that Britain pays more for wind energy than Germany even though its wind resource is so much better.

Paul will be honored by officially opening the Husum Wind Fair next week, together with the German excuse for an environment minister.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Wed Sep 12th, 2012 at 04:16:28 AM EST
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And somewhat related from the US:

I've often written/spoken about the disconnect when major utilities, with significant conventional fuel portfolios, also own renewable projects to bolster their green creds. My argument: such policy simply doesn't work, as they are too conflicted to do renewables properly.

Hit The Road! AWEA Shows The Door To Exelon Following Anti-PTC Tactics

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has removed Chicago-based Exelon Corp. from its membership ranks after learning that Exelon lobbied Congress to kill the extension of the production tax credit (PTC).
However, the final straw occurred last week when AWEA learned last week that Exelon lobbyist David Brown was planning to appear on Capitol Hill with Thomas Pyle, a long-time critic of wind energy, to campaign against a PTC extension.  
"The AWEA leadership was alarmed when it discovered that one of our member companies was leading an organized effort against the PTC," Kelley says, adding that the organization found Exelon's actions particularly galling given that David Drescher, Exelon's vice president of wind and solar, sits on AWEA's board and attended its confidential strategy sessions to extend the PTC.

The potential for this kind of activity also resides here in Yurp.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Wed Sep 12th, 2012 at 06:09:29 AM EST
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I recently found out that Colorado Springs Utilities, our local power company, has two different renewable energy programs. One of them, which I am enrolled in, allows you to buy blocks of renewable energy; the money goes into purchasing wind power from outside our local area. Your rate goes up.

The other program, which I just found out about, allows you to join in funding a community solar farm, where you "invest" in a PV farm and get a rate reduction as a result.

I think I need to re-evaluate my "investments" in sustainable energy production...


by asdf on Wed Sep 12th, 2012 at 12:26:27 PM EST
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My power supplier has a program were you can bind your rate for ten years as part of expanding their windpower - you get power at a fixed price, they can be assured of cashflow for ten years, which I guess is good for investment costs.

I was tempted, it was a decent price, but I ended up binding my rate for three years instead at the low price that is a result of this summers rain and the full reservoirs.

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by A swedish kind of death on Wed Sep 12th, 2012 at 02:16:09 PM EST
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