Paul Gipe

Paul Gipe is an author, advocate, and renewable energy analyst who has been working on wind energy since 1976. He campaigns for the use of feed-in tariffs such as those used in Europe to promote wider deployment of renewables in North America. You can learn more on his website.

Maybe the electric utilities are right, for a change. Maybe net-metering—the ability to run your kilowatt-hour meter backwards, with solar panels on your roof or a windmill in your backyard–is not the best policy for America, or for Americans. (See related, “As Solar Power Grows, Dispute Flares Over U.S. Utility Bills.”) But the utilities’ populist…

Iceland is famous for its breathtaking scenery, its geysers, its Blue Lagoon—and for using its abundant renewable energy, and especially for tapping the volcanic roots of the island in developing its geothermal resources. Iceland today generates 100 percent of its electricity with renewables: 75 percent of that from large hydro, and 25 percent from geothermal.…