Locus Focus on 02/22/10
DEMOCRATIZING THE ENERGY GRID
Oregon is about to institute a new incentive for households to power themselves using alternative energy sources like solar and wind. This method is called Feed-in Tarriff and is already in place in much of Germany as well as Vermont. Mark Pengilly and Judy Barnes, with Oregonians for Renewable Energy, join Locus Focus host Barbara Bernstein for a discussion about how feed-in tarrif can help democratize the energy grid. They'll talk about what feed-in tariffs are all about and they where fit into an overall renewable energy policy that moves us toward a sustainable solution to climate change and helps accomplish the switch from a fossil-fuel-based economy.
Judy Barnes and Mark Pengilly are with Oregonians for Renewable Energy Policy, a project of the Alliance for Democracy. They are helping design and support adoption of Feed-In Tariff policies for Oregon that produce good social, economic and environmental outcomes at reasonable costs.