The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians is encouraging Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber to include feed-in tariffs for renewable energy in his 10-year energy plan.
The move is significant in a region of North America where the indigenous people have long maintained they should have a say in how land is used and for what purpose. Tribes also directly control large amounts of land with resident populations that could use and profit from renewable energy development.
The Affiliated Tribes action is contained in a resolution passed at their mid-year convention 21-24 May 2012 in Newport, Oregon.
The resolution notes that feed-in tariffs are a highly effective policy mechanism that would lower barriers to the rapid development of renewable energy by tribal communities.
The Affiliated Tribes call on Governor Kitzhaber to introduce a broad statewide feed-in tariff program.
Currently, Oregon has a Volumetric Incentive Rate for solar photovoltaics that some have characterized as a feed-in tariff. The limited pilot program, 6.25 MW per year for four years, has yet to fill out the capacity available.
Governor Kitzhaber’s draft 10-year energy plan released 5 June does not mention feed-in tariffs.
|BIO: Paul Gipe
Paul Gipe has written extensively about renewable energy for both the popular and trade press. He has also lectured widely on wind energy and how to minimize its impact on the environment and the communities of which it is a part. For his efforts, the World Renewable Energy Congress honored Gipe as a “pioneer” in 1998, and the American Wind Energy Association named him as the industry’s “person of the year” in 1988. In 2004, Gipe served as the acting executive director of the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association where he created, managed, and implemented a provincial campaign for Advanced Renewable Tariffs. The campaign sought to adapt electricity feed laws to the North American market and was instrumental in placing the European concept on the political agenda in Canada and the United States. Paul’s website is www.wind-works.org
I was able to hear Paul speek on Feed in Tariffs at the 2009 NW Solar Summit and have been convinced about the efficacy of this kind of incentive program ever since. I’m very surprised the Governor’s 10 year energy plan does not include FITs. The regulatory situation in Oregon probably makes state wide FITs extremely hard to implement. Washington’s solar incentive is loosely based on a feed in/production model but lacks some of the long term guarantees.