"Currently, developing utility-scale renewable energy projects requires dealing with hundreds of private and public utilities all operating under strikingly different state regulatory requirements, and it often requires substantial upfront investments just to respond to requests for proposal."
"the set of feed-in rate price points could be set by (1) on-peak natural gas fired generation to (2) combined cycle natural gas ‚Air fired generation to (3) base load coal generation with an adjustment to reflect the cost of CO2 emissions.
Setting an initial feed-in rate at $0.15 per kilowatt hour for 20 years for solar projects, for example, would draw out multiple breakthrough technologies and greatly advance their market penetration."
Would it be such a bad thing to throw a 1/800 th of the stimulus package on this idea? Making it easier for alternative energy companies to get their products on the ground will help get the development moving along at a faster pace. Hey Obama, can you add this in and take out $1 billion of tax cuts? You know we are only going to buy Chinese products or pay off our credit cards with that money. This is a far better investment that will actually create jobs and move us to where we want to be. Batteries and alternative energy. Priority jobs. Let's get these funded and set the stage for adoption. Well thought out policies can go a long way.