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Solving the Goldilocks Problem: A Market Based Proposal for a More Efficient Feed-in Tariff in Japan

By: Caleb Rosenberg, Article Editor
Posted: March 15, 2014

During the midday hours of May 25, 2012, Germany accomplished an impossible task: nearly fifty-percent of the energy generated in the country came from solar power. Humming along at twenty-two gigawatts, Germany’s solar power plants pumped out electricity with the force of twenty nuclear power stations. Germany’s stunning achievement came with unsustainably high, incentive-based costs. Just over one month later, on June 28, 2012, the German legislature approved cuts to their solar incentives program to prevent costs from spiraling out of control.

Germany maintained an incentive program known as a feed-in tariff through which utilities pay energy producers certain published prices, called tariff rates, for energy. The feed-in tariff incentivized development of solar generating capacity by providing solar producers a special tariff rate (price per kilowatt-hour) above the prevailing electricity market rate. The higher tariff rates guaranteed the solar developer a profit. Utilities that bought electricity

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The Hidden Environmental Impacts of Photovoltaic Panels

By: Adam S. Carlesco, Associate
Posted: March 9, 2014

It is an undeniable fact that renewable sources of energy have been rising tremendously over the past decade and are continuing to grow with nearly one in three new power projects being renewable in nature. While wind energy is leading the pack of renewable technology, solar energy has seen a 52.2% growth between July 2012 and July 2013. While many solar energy proponents continue to portray solar energy sources as a panacea for the growing global energy demand, these technologies carry a hidden environmental cost.

While solar energy only constitutes 0.11% of electricity generation in the U.S., many, including solar power researcher Dr. Richard Perez of the George Washington Solar Institute, believe that solar power is a completely feasible way to ensure full electricity to the American public with the development of large scale solar projects, along with supplements from wind and other renewable resources. What Dr. Perez fails to note, however, is that while solar power provides a source of energy free from the fluctuations of fossil fuel demands and greenhouse gas emissions, solar photovoltaic panel production carries a large upfront pollutant

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Energy and Environmental Law Paper Series:

Essential Tool, Harmless Distraction, or Unintended Consequence: An Analysis of the Benefit Corporation and its Potential Impact on the Renewable Energy Sector
By: Kate D’Ambrosio
Posted: March 1, 2014

United States LNG Exports: The Current Legal and Economic Landscape
By: Yousef Rahman
Posted: February 1, 2014


JEEL’s Most Recent Publication:

Volume 4, Number 2 | Summer 2013


Natural Gas Fracking Addresses All of Our Major Problems
by Richard J. Pierce, Jr.

The Clean Water Act, Climate Change, and Energy Production: A Call for Principled Flexibility Regarding “Existing Uses”
by Robin Kundis Craig

Can the Clean Water Act Succeed as an Ecosystem Protection Law?
by Holly Doremus & A. Dan Tarlock

Wetlands Regulation in an Era of Climate Change: Can Section 404 Meet the Challenge?
by Alyson C. Flournoy & Allison Fischman

History of the 1972 Clean Water Act: The Story Behind How the 1972 Act Became the Capstone on a Decade of Extraordinary Environmental Reform
by N. William Hines

Avoiding the Next Deepwater Horizon: The Need for Greater Statutory Restrictions on Offshore Drilling off the Arctic Coast of Alaska
by G. Alexander Robertson

A Rare Opportunity: Streamlining Permitting for Rare Earth Materials Within the United States
by Nichole Clagett


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