Federal Update: States Rights FIT Bill introduced in U.S. Senate
The bill seeks to clarify that states have the right to pursue feed-in tariff programs for clean, renewable energy.
In early October, US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced a bill that would remove federal preemption issues around states authority to enact feed-in tariffs (FITs). The bill has 6 original co-sponsors including Senators Tom Harkin of Iowa, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, his fellow Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy, Bill Nelson of Florida, and Jeff Merkley of Oregon.
The “Let the States Innovate on Sustainable Energy Act of 2010” seeks to clarify that states have the right to pursue feed-in tariff programs for clean, renewable energy. The FITC has drafted a letter of support for this legislation, which you can download here. We are currently conducting targeted outreach to business and organizational leaders to add co-signers to our letter. If you are a business or organizational leader and would like to sign our letter, please email Action@FITCoalition.com with your complete contact info (name, title, company/organization, city, state, zip, email, phone). We are particularly interested in entities outside of CA.