Here’s how a feed in tariff works:
- People are assured the right to supply clean electricity to the grid, i.e. they are allowed to “feed in” electricity. Once electricity is fed in to the grid, it goes wherever it is needed. For example, if you have solar panels on your roof, some of the energy they produce in the middle of the day might help keep your neighbors’ refrigerators running.
- The authority responsible for operating the grid establishes a tariff to pay people who supply the grid with electricity. For example, for every kilowatt hour you supply to the grid from a rooftop solar panel, you might earn 20 cents. The exact amount you earn is determined by the tariff rate.
- The grid and payment systems for electricity work as usual, except that some of the money people pay for electricity goes to the people who are supplying clean electricity to the grid. Thus, people can earn money by installing clean energy systems on their own properties.
An Act To Establish the Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariff
S.P. 367 In Senate, March 19, 2013
Reference to the Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology suggested and ordered printed.
DAREK M. GRANT
Secretary of the Senate
Presented by Senator JOHNSON of Lincoln.
Cosponsored by Representative RUSSELL of Portland and
Senators: BOYLE of Cumberland, HASKELL of Cumberland, LACHOWICZ of Kennebec,
MILLETT of Cumberland, WOODBURY of Cumberland, Representatives: BERRY of
Bowdoinham, HARVELL of Farmington
Legislative History in MaineIn 2009, LD 1450 “An Act To Establish the Renewable Energy Resources Program” was a feed-in tariff bill that was considered by the Committee on Utilities and Energy, which reported it ought not to pass.
Background and resources
A detailed discussion of the history of Feed in Tariffs with country by country comparisons.
Snapshot of Feed-in Tariffs around the World in 2011
This site includes an interactive map and listing of Feed in Tariff around the globe
Here is a link to a very good one page article on Feed in Tariffs