What states have feed-in-tariffs for solar power?



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    California – The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved a feed-in tariff on 31 January 2008 that is effective immediately.

    Florida – Gainesville, Florida, enacted a feed-in tariff in 2009.

    Hawaii – In September 2009 the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission issed a decision on a new rate mechanism, which requires Hawaiian Electric Co. (HECO & MECO & HELCO) to pay above-market prices for renewable energy fed into the electric grid. The decision doesn’t set specific rates for the purchase of clean power. The actual rate amounts will be determined by the Commission within the next few months. The new policy will provide a set price and standard 20-year contract for “green” electricity. The PUC’s decision sets project size limits of five megawatts (MW) for the island of Oahu and 2.72 MW for Maui and Hawaii island. The Commission’s decision caps the total amount of feed-in tariff projects brought onto the electricity grid at 5% of the system peak on Oahu, Maui, and the Big Island for the first two years of the program. Many of Hawaii’s clean energy advocates were promoting a more aggressive feed-in tariff–one similar to that enacted in Germany that doesn’t have many of the limitations imposed by Hawaii’s new policy.The PUC will revisit these and other issues when the initial feed-in tariff is reviewed two years after the program starts.

    Maine – In the 2009 Maine Legislature’s session, a “Feed-In” Tariff bill, (LD 1450), introduced by Rep. Herbert Adams (D-Portland), was considered. It made it from the House to the Senate, where is was killed May 21. Known as “An Act to Establish the Renewable Energy Resources Program” it was closely modeled on the German law.

    Vermont – Vermont adopted feed-in tariffs on May 27, 2009. Generators must possess a capacity of no more than 2.2 MW.

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