Local CLEAN Program Guide
The Clean Coalition, a nonprofit organization focused on accelerating the transition to local renewable energy, recently released the first installment of the Local CLEAN Program Guide, a free tool which helps communities and their utilities evaluate, design and implement CLEAN Programs. The Guide includes the best practices of local CLEAN Programs and the Clean Coalition's experience designing and advocating for local CLEAN Programs.
Community-owned utilities have begun to lead the nation's transition to renewable energy by implementing Clean Local Energy Accessible Now (CLEAN) Programs. These programs (also known as "feed-in tariffs") streamline the process of selling local renewable energy to utilities and connecting these projects to the electric grid.
Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) in Florida implemented the first local CLEAN Program in the United States. During the first two and a half years of its program, GRU experienced more than 2,000% growth in its cumulative solar PV capacity and added around 260 jobs. This was accomplished with less than a 1% ratepayer impact.
The Guide is available for download here: http://www.clean-coalition.org/local-action/