Every year 24,000 people die prematurely because of pollution from coal-fired power plants.
Every year 38,000 heart attacks occur because of pollution from coal-fired power plants.
Every year 12,000 hospital admissions and 550,000 people suffering asthma attacks result from power plant pollution.
Every year, coal-fired power plants release 48 tons of mercury nationwide.
Power plants release over 40% of total U.S. C02 emissions, a primary contributor to global warming...
...and yet the coal industry wants you to believe that building more coal fired power plants in Michigan is a good idea!
...and now utilities want to burn (as biomass) our trees that capture and store harmful carbon dioxide and produce the oxygen we need to live
Feed In Tariff
Home Owners Get Paid to Generate Solar Power
More than 400 property owners who use solar power to generate electricity at their homes or businesses are getting paid for it with the help of the Tennessee Valley Authority and local power distributors.
NREL Releases Feed-in Tariff Guide
A new report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) examines the growth and efficacy of FITs and focuses on how these policies can be used in the U.S. The policy is known for spurring dramatic growth of renewable energy in Europe during the past decade. At 144 pages, the report, "A Policymaker's Guide to Feed-in Tariff Policy Design," is the longest piece of work any US government agency has ever published on feed-in tariffs. The report's internal governmental and external peer review alone took more than a year.
Feed In Tariffs: a Success Story pdf
Why have feed in tariffs been so successful. 12-20 year contracts create long term planning security • Gives technology-specific incentives • Adapts to technological development
Feed-in Tariffs Must Have a Role in US Energy Policy
While significant progress has been made in government funding and support of solar power in the United States, the most effective renewable energy policy and solar incentive available—the feed-in tariff—has yet to receive major attention outside of the Europe Union.
First Renewable FIT Introduced in U.S.
Prices for solar and biogas introduced in the Michigan Renewable Energy Sources Act would be the best in North America. Veteran Michigan Assemblywoman Kathleen Law submitted a bill to the Michigan House of Representatives earlier this week that creates the first comprehensive renewable energy feed-in tariff (FIT) introduced into any U.S. legislature. Like the German law which has powered the country to world leadership in wind, solar, and biomass energy—and created nearly one-quarter million new jobs in its booming renewable energy industry—proponents of the bill are hoping the tariff will revive Michigan's flagging economy.
Michigan Eyes Europe’s Hot Clean-Energy Plan
A “feed-in tariff,” would establish rates—or tariffs—that utilities would pay their customers for the electricity they feed in to the grid from their own smaller-scale solar panels, wind turbines, or other renewable sources. The tariffs would be set high enough so that these clean energy entrepreneurs could turn a profit on their home- or business-scale investments. Reports from Europe, where several countries enacted feed-in tariffs (FITs) years ago, and Ontario, quickly sold out. The tariffs provide a near-steroidal boost to job growth by establishing a huge, new market for solar panel, wind turbine, and other clean-energy equipment manufacturers, and for people trained to install such equipment.