SolarTimes editor Sandy LeonVest (www.solartimes.org) in conversation with renewable energy industry analyst, author and advocate, Paul Gipe. They address the critical need for German-style feed-in tariffs -- what he calls "Advanced Renewable Tariffs" (or ARTS) -- in the US, in order to deploy the massive amounts of renewable energy needed in the US to avoid economic, humanitarian and environmental catastrophe. They also talk about the importance of local ownership of renewable energy, the grassroots movement for "energy democracy" and "defeatism," in the face of corporate misinformation..
Paul Gipe has written countless articles on renewable energy for a worldwide audience, and is the author of at least seven books on the subject. His most recent, Wind Energy Basics: A Guide to Home- and Community-scale Wind Energy Systems has been acclaimed by his peers as “groundbreaking, and is available from Chelsea Green Publishing.
In 2004, Paul Gipe launched a campaign to bring electricity feed laws back to North America. The campaign has grown into a continent-wide grassroots movement that has put renewable energy feed-in tariffs on the political agenda – both in Canada and the US.
Today, Paul Gipe numbers among the world’s foremost experts on renewable energy, wind power and his latest passion -- feed-in tariffs. His passion for renewable energy is unsurpassed. Learn more about Paul at http://www.wind-works.org/