On July 21, 2008, the Florida office of Environmental Defense Fund filed testimony calling for the state’s Public Service Commission to consider Renewable Energy Payments as a means to implement Florida’s Renewable Portfolio Standard.
Renewable Energy Payments are more commonly known as feed-in tariffs.
EDF’s Kellyn Eberhardt argued that feed-in tariffs are “a simple, elegant and effective economic mechanism for the mass adoption of renewable energy technologies in the shortest possible timeframe.”
The move by EDF is the first in direct support of feed-in tariff policy by a major national environmental group in the United States.
Previously, national environmental groups in Canada, such as the David Suzuki Foundation and the Pembina Institute, have endorsed the policy. Several regional environmental groups in the Unites States, such as RENEW Wisconsin, and Sierra Club California, have also called for the policy.
Renewable Energy Payments, wrote EDF’s Eberhardt, “encourage a stable investment by electricity ratepayers today toward a more sustainable and cheaper energy production in the future.”