Yes, in 2009 Vermont became the first state to pass a feed-in tariff. Gov. James Douglas did not sign the bill that was passed by the state legislature but did allow it to be become law.
A feed-in tariff “is a policy mechanism designed to accelerate investment in renewable energy technologies. It achieves this by offering long-term contracts to renewable energy producers, typically based on the cost of generation of each different technology.”
According to the EPA, California, Hawaii, and Washington also created feed-in tariffs in 2009. Another incentive mentioned on the website is net metering. When an individual produces their own energy, like solar, they may produce more than they need. When they do this, the energy goes back into the grid. The amount they contribute is measured and may be used by them at a later date when they might not produce enough energy. This is an incentive because they are using their own energy and therefor not paying for it when they otherwise would be.
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