ACTION ITEM! RE, FITs & EVs
- URGENT! Please call Senator Reid's office TODAY at (202)
224-3542 and tell the staffer:
Your city, State, zip-code
Then tell the staffer would like to comment on the Gulf
Response Oil Independence for a Stronger America Act
(S.3601) - or any energy bill - that Senator Reid plans to
introduce next week. The bill should include:
1) a National Renewable Electricity Standard, and
2) the Promoting Electric Vehicles Act of 2010 (S.3495),
3) language clarifying state authority under the Federal
Power Act and/or Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act
(PURPA) to adopt "cost plus return on investment"
renewable energy feed-in tariffs.
That is all you need to tell the person who answers the
It's really easy, only takes a couple of minutes, and will
help insure that Senator Reid understands there is
widespread support in Nevada for electric drive
transportation and cutting edge renewable energy policy
Thanks for all you do! -- and please forward this memo to
any interested parties!
Explanations, talking points, and background information:
1) A renewable electricity standard would set a national
goal requiring electric service providers to gradually
increase the amount of renewable energy resources in their
electricity supplies, until they reach a specified target by
a specified date. A renewable energy standard is not the
best way to deploy renewables but in North America it is the
de-facto means for setting a goal which, at the national
level, there presently is none.
2) The Promoting Electric Vehicles (PEV) Act of 2010
(S.3495) came out of the Senate Committee on Energy and
Natural Resources on July 21st with strong bipartisan
support. The PEV Act would provide $6 billion in funding to:
extend tax credits for purchases of EVs; deploy charging
infrastructure; train technicians; further R&D on battery
development; help utilities prepare for EVs; and other
miscellaneous issues pertaining to EVs.
3) A renewable energy feed-in tariff (where the term
"tariff" is a rate paid to any producer of energy, not a
tax) envisions a wholesale sale of electricity from a
renewable producer to a retail utility. A wholesale sale of
electricity triggers one of two federal statutes: PURPA and
the Federal Power Act. Both federal statutes have preemptive
features that do not allow states to set above avoided cost
prices for energy. There are workarounds, but such
workarounds still require cumbersome application processes
and approvals from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
(FERC). These barriers must be removed so as to allow states
to set wholesale prices for electricity under a state-level
feed-in tariff policy. For background on FITs please review
this document <http://bit.ly/moQJp> and this website
background on the federal preemption issue please review the
document at this link <http://bit.ly/dh2hwJ>.
This Week in Energy (TWiEpodcast)
Policy analyst / organizer-
Feed-in Tariffs for Nevada (FIT4NV)
Electric Auto Association of Northern Nevada
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