North America’s First Feed-in Tariff Launched

Happy Watts – (www.happywatts.com)the Government of Ontario officially launched Canada’s first feed-in tariff, a new renewable energy program established under the landmark Green Energy Act. The feed-in tariff is a cornerstone of the province’s plan, Government’s 10 steps to green energy, to make Ontario a North American leader in the development of green energy and jobs. via Solar Plaza>>

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Green property: solar powering on

Happy Watts – (www.happywatts.com) Mike Greene, his wife, Julia, and their two daughters live in a remote, early-Victorian farmhouse in the windswept fenlands on the Cambridgeshire border with Lincolnshire. Due to their isolation, power cuts are common — at least twice a year the Greenes have to fumble for the candles and matches and wait for reconnection while people living in more populous villages and hamlets get priority. via Telegraph.co.uk>>

Happy Watts: Wal-Mart aims to use only 100% renewable electricity

Happy Watts (www.happywatts.com) The mother of all big box retailers, Wal-Mart, made it on the EPA’s National Top 50 Green Power Purchasers list. With a long-term goal of having 100 percent of its power supplied by renewable energy, Wal-Mart is installing solar panels on 10 to 20 stores and distribution centers in California by 2011. In April, the company finished installing solar panels on 18 Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores in California and Hawaii. Each solar project will create enough energy to power the equivalent of 2,600 homes. via triplepundit.com>>

Yello launches national competition with intelligent electricity meters

Happy Watts – (www.happywatts.com) The monopoly of the old black electricity meter has come to an end. The metering and measuring market comprising 40 million households has just been opened up for competition nationwide and Yello is the first and only energy provider to unveil an intelligent electricity meter – the Yello Sparzähler online. As Yello’s Executive Director Dr. Peter Vest explains, “from Flensburg to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, from Aachen to Görlitz – everyone in Germany can now have an intelligent electricity meter and automatically benefit from cheaper rates during off-peak hours. In addition to this, customers’ electricity consumption will become fully transparent to them for the first time, enabling them to control it with greater efficiency and save even more money while contributing to environmental protection. via Yello Strom>>

Feed-in Tariffs Go Global: Policy in Practice

Happy Watts – (www.happywatts.com) Globally, feed-in tariffs (FITs), also known as ‘advanced renewable tariffs’ (ARTs) or ‘renewable energy payments’ (REPs) in North America, have gone from strength to strength. Such schemes pay renewable energy producers a set rate (tariff) for each unit of electricity fed into the grid, and generally oblige power companies to purchase all electricity from eligible producers in their service area over a long period of time — usually 15 to 20 years. via Renewable Energy World>> or order book via EarthScan>>