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I agree the so-called "free market" policies of massive subsidies for fossil fuels are keeping us mired in the past while the rest of the world races past us in producing the renewable energy future with its huge market for new technologies and green jobs.
There is no such thing as a free market. Every marketplace there has ever been has had rules. The question is who makes the rules and who benefits from them. The power of Feed-In Tariff policies is that they establish rules for the renewable energy market that open up that market to millions of new players by establishing in law fixed prices that a local utility will pay for each kWh of renewable energy fed into the grid over a fixed contract period - usually 15-20 years. The prices are set in advance to provide a minimum of profitability to anyone who can produce renewable energy. FIT policies also guarantee RE producers a hook up to the gird, so they have a place to sell their energy. With this certainty of a price and a way to get your RE to market, the production of RE skyrockets as do green jobs.
We need a robust FIT policy in Oregona. We've got an opportunity with Oregon's new pilot but it will need improving. Seventeen other states have FIT policies somewhere in the legislative pipeline. Oregon is one of the first. but it will take citizens helping to get it right.
For example, it was just said on the show that the reason our PUC did not permit rooftop owners to sell excess enrgy to the grid is that didn't want to create little utilities. That's not quite accurate. They were hampered by a provision in federal law that prevents states from setting prices for wholesale energy. Volunteers are working to change this law. To learn more and help advocate for good FIT policies in Oregon, visit www.OregonRenewables.com .
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