Renewable Energy Sculpure in front of Houston Public Library. From Flickr - by ANVAR - RUSSIANTEXAN © GONE WITH THE WIND

Renewable Energy Sculpture in front of Houston Public Library. From Flickr - by ANVAR - RUSSIANTEXAN © GONE WITH THE WIND

For years, ELAW has been evaluating renewable energy policies from around the world and helping partners around the world develop strong laws. Policies known as feed-in tariffs (FITs) have proven very successful in Europe.  ELAW Staff Attorney Jen Gleason worked with colleagues in the United Kingdom and Germany to determine what made some FITs more effective than others.  Studies show that FITs are the most effective and efficient way to promote the rapid generation of electricity from renewable sources.  A good FIT will guarantee that a generator of qualified electricity will be able to connect to the grid and sell all the electricity generated to the local utility at a price that ensures a reasonable profit.  Germany has far surpassed its goals for generating power from renewable sources.  ELAW has been working to bring lessons from these successful models back to Oregon.

A year ago, the World Future Council brought together people from the United States and Canada who have been studying FITs for an all-day workshop.  At the end of the workshop a new organization was created to promote FITs in North America – the Alliance for Renewable Energy (ARE).  Jen is an ARE steering committee member.  ARE members keep each other informed about efforts to adopt FITs.

A focus on promoting renewable energy is one of the best ways known to combat climate change, and ELAW is working around the world to ensure that the best renewable energy policies are adopted and replicated.

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