18 Apr '11, 6pm

Germans pay extra for clean energy—is it worth it?

Germans pay extra for clean energy—is it worth it?

As you know, David, I have a big problem with Feed-in Tariffs to the extent that they are focused on paths rather than goals. It's wonderful to say that if you spend money on something the industry will mature, but quite another matter as to whether that was a good use of public funds. In a narrow sense, any new technology will come down in price if we push public money towards it. A decision to push money towards one technology but not another is, in effect, a fiscal bet that we are capable of predicting the future. Observing that Germany's program has brought down the price of solar doesn't justify it, since you can't run that experiment backwards and ask what might have happened had we subsidized other technologies. Hell, if that's the only basis for argument than the entire military-industrial complex is justified since stealth bombers are so much cheaper today than th...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/energy-policy/2011-04-18-germans-pay...

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