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Julia Hamm | Utilities & FITs


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Julia Hamm | Utilities & FITs

  1. 1. Utilities & FITs Presented by: Julia Hamm Executive Director Solar Electric Power Association CONFIDENTIAL
  2. 2. Utility Opinion on FITs • No universal opinion exists, although utilities generally don’t like being mandated to purchase power at a specific price • Generally utilities are not knowledgeable about details of feed-in tariffs • Stakeholders should educate utilities about pros/cons prior to big legislative push for a FIT
  3. 3. Utility Opinions on FITs: Pre/Post First Hand Exposure in Germany 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 Pre-Trip 3 Post-Trip 2 1 0 Not Opposed to Neutral In favor of Educated Enough to Have an Opinion
  4. 4. Perspective of a Utility in Favor of FITs • Reduced administrative burden compared to traditional rebate programs • Pays for performance • Protects customers’ investment • Protects erosion of tax revenue • Provides economic development opportunity • Can be funded through standard fuel cost recovery charges
  5. 5. Thank you! Julia Hamm Executive Director Solar Electric Power Association 202-559-2025