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The Alliance for Renewable Energy (ARE), a coalition of businesses, nonprofits, energy experts, legislators and citizens, was recently launched at the Solar Power International '08 conference in San Diego. ARE's mission is to promote renewable energy payments (REPs) legislation in states and provinces throughout the U.S. and Canada.

REPs, also called feed-in tariffs in Europe and elsewhere, are legislative policies in over 40 countries.

ARE will build on the recent passage of federal renewable investment and production tax credits by urging policy-makers to now focus on proven policies that have led to the rapid deployment of renewable energy throughout the world. REPs can be introduced at the state, provincial and municipal levels.

"Good REP legislation is simple and effective," says Paul Gipe, co-chair of ARE. "It provides access to the grid for all and pays a fair price for the clean energy produced for a period of 15-20 years. The long-term contracts between producers and utilities create a stable investment environment for borrowers and lenders. Growth in renewable energy creates jobs and stimulates the economy."

ARE is promoting REP legislation in many states, including California, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Washington, Illinois, Rhode Island and Hawaii.

ARE's Web site, AllianceForRenewableEnergy.org, lists over 200 REP endorsers. Its steering committee includes executives of solar and wind companies, nonprofits, investors, energy experts and state legislators.

SOURCE: Alliance for Renewable Energy

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