Germany – It's no accident that roughly half of the world's installed
solar panels aim at the sky in this relatively cloudy, northern
country. Investors in German solar power arrays, wind farms and methane
digesters can count on significantly higher rates-of-return than
alternative investments such as bonds or savings accounts.
OLYMPIA, Wash. --
Millions of Northwest electricity customers have the option to pay a
little bit extra on their monthly bills to support “green energy.” In
the coming years, that voluntary option could take a back seat to a
mandatory, but invisible charge on electric bills. Policymakers along
the West Coast are working on a new green energy incentive. It relies
not on tax dollars, as is traditional, but rather on ratepayer dollars.
Correspondent Tom Banse reports on how it would work.