Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Stewart Taggart at Acquasol discusses his pending deportation from Australia

Stewart Taggart, Administrator of Desertec-Australia and Director of Acquasol, an Australian solar power and desalination company, talks about his innovative work on combating climate change and the efforts of the Australian Immigration Department to expel him from the country, recorded from Sydney, Australia, on July 28/29, 2009

Friday, July 24, 2009

Annette Gordon-Reed on "The Hemingses of Monticello"

Annette Gordon-Reed talks about her book "The Hemingses of Monticello," recorded in Los Angeles, California.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Mike Antheil talks about the latest FARE annual meeting

Mike Antheil, Executive Director of the Florida Alliance for Renewable Energy (FARE), talks about the recent FARE annual meeting and the group's plans for further efforts to implement a feed-in tariff in Florida, recorded from Boynton Beach, Florida, on July 21, 2009

Monday, July 20, 2009

Jon Bertolino at SMUD on newly-instituted feed-in tariff

John Bertolini, spokesperson for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), talks about that utility's newly-instituted feed-in tariff program, the first muni FIT in California, recorded from Sacramento, California, on July 20, 2009

Stewart Taggart at Desertec-Australia on clean power from deserts worldwide

Stewart Taggart, coordinator of Desertec-Australia, talks about Desertec projects for harvesting clean green solar power from deserts in Africa/EU, Australia, and the United States, recorded from Sydney, Australia, on July 20, 2009

Matthias Reinig at Schott on Desertec Industrial Initiative

Matthias Reinig in Corporate PR at Schott International talks about the $560 billion Desertec Industrial Initiative to build a network of concentrating solar power stations in North Africa and use the power locally and export the surplus to Europe, recorded from Mainz, Germany, on July 20, 2009

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Dr. Alex Benzer on "The Tao of Dating" at Book Soup

Dr. Alex Benzer, author of "The Tao of Dating," discusses this book at Book Soup, recorded in West Hollywood, California, on July 15, 2009

Gerry Wolff at TREC-UK updates the Desertec story

Gerry Wolff, TREC-UK coordinator, talks about the July 13, 2009, meeting in Munich, Germany, that created the Desertec Industrial Initiative to implement a network of concentrating solar collectors in North Africa for the generation of green electricity for local and European use, recorded from Wales, UK, July 16, 2009

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Dan Bernath at MPP talks about marijuana reform

Dan Bernath, Assistant Communications Director, Marijuana Policy Project, talks about the reform of marijuana laws, recorded from Washington, D.C., on May 30, 2009

Monday, July 6, 2009

Cindy Pollard, PG&E spokesperson, clarifies views on net-metering and FITs

Cindy Pollard, spokesperson for Pacific Gas & Electric Company PG&E), provides details of the company's views on net-metering, feed-in tariff "performance standards," and the need for PG&E to get the energy credits associated with green electricity from FITs, recorded from Sacramento, California, on July 6, 2009

1. How much have net metering costs raised consumer prices under the 2.5% cap?

And 2. What does PG&E project would be the cost increase under a 10% cap?

That is the information that the CPUC was required to determine before the cap was raised. The cost benefit analysis has not been conducted, and we would still like to see just how much it will cost our customers. We believe it’s very important to look at the data before decisions on cap increases are made. The CPUC report on the costs and benefits of solar is due early next year.

We have not had that much solar in our territory until recently and PG&E is currently at only 1.3% of its system peak demand so the question is what will the costs be when we reach 2.5% and should we reach 10%.

We do know that NEM customers are credited at the full retail rate, which includes the power, transmission and distribution, and public purpose programs, which they do not currently pay. In addition they receive a rebate to help pay for the system and relief from the interconnection costs. The difference between what they pay and what they are credited is shifted to our non-solar customers.

3. What specifically does PG&E want for "performance standards"?

We want to make sure that if we’re going to head down the path of a solar program that we get what we think we’re going to get. We need have some reasonable assurances that the program is going to work. We would like to have firm deadlines for the projects to come online; performance assurance to protect against system operation and reliability costs associated with procurement planning should a program fail to materialize and commission authorization to establish other terms and conditions that are reasonable to ensure that the FIT program results in reliable renewable energy delivery.

4. Doesn't the logic of avoiding increases to customer prices under net metering also apply under feed-in tariffs?

Yes it does if you're overpaying for power as we are with the full retail credit we currently pay NEM customers. It is important to make sure the price is fair and that we get the renewable energy attributes, meaning that this power counts towards our renewable portfolio standards requirements.

Friday, July 3, 2009

PG&E's main objection to AB 1106 concerns "performance standards"

Cindy Pollard, spokesperson for PG&E, voices opposition to AB560, the Net Metering Cap Expansion Bill, and objects to AB 1106, the feed-in tariff bill, principally on grounds that it doesn't provide adequate "performance standards" for distributed generation connections to the grid, recorded from Sacramento, California, on July 3, 2009

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Ted Ko at FIT Coalition talks about REESA and AB 1106

Ted Ko, Associate Executive Director of the FIT Coalition, talks about that group's efforts to amend AB 1106 to include a thorough-going feed-in tariff incorporating Wholesale Distributed Generation (WDG), recorded from San Francisco, California, on July 2, 2009

Claudia Eyzaguirre at Vote Solar on AB 560, net-metering cap raiser

Claudia Eyzaguirre, Solar Advocate at the Vote Solar Initiative (www.votesolar.org), discusses net metering and the effort, through AB 560, to raise the cap on this solar-friendly policy mechanism, recorded on July 2, 2009