Feed-in tariff doing well in Oregon

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Tuesday, January 08, 2013

A report on Oregon's two-year pilot incentive for solar power known as the feed-in tariff shows the program is viable.

The "volumetric incentive rates" program — known colloquially at a feed-in tariff though program differences prevent it from technically being one — was established by the Oregon Legislature in 2009 and is available on a limited basis to customers of Portland General Electric, PacifiCorp (which does utility business as Pacific Power) and Idaho Power.

The two-year report produced by the Oregon Public Utilities Commission for the Legislature found that the pay-for-production incentive program is on track to install 25 megawatts of solar energy in the region by March 2015.

Read more at Sustainable Business Oregon.

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