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Petition to Hironari Seko, Kazuhiro Ueda, Hirotaka Yamauchi, Yukari Takamura, Kikuko Tatumi, Kenji Yamaji

Japanese Small Wind Turbines & Renewable Energy is in crisis!

In a completely unexpected move, Japan has decided to remove the incentives for Small Wind Turbines up to 20KW and lump them together with large scale turbines. If this decision takes effect, it would not only extinguish the Japanese Industry around this smaller class of wind turbines, but also that of many international suppliers who relied on the promise from the Japanese government. Campaign site: 日本語|GERMANY The Committee for Procurement Price of Japan (the “Committee”) held a meeting on Jan 19, discussing incentives of renewable energy. The Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) for Small Wind Turbines (less than 20kW) was part of the agenda, whereas this topic was rarely discussed in previous meetings and the decision to adjust the FIT for this category was continuously postponed in the past. The committee spent exactly 7 minutes discussing this category of FIT incentives with the completely unexpected decision to abolish this class all together, effectively reducing the FIT from JPY55/KWh (USD0.50) to JPY21/KWh. (USD0.18). The impact of this 7 minute decision sets a serious (negative) precedent for the renewable industry all around the world. Within those 7 minutes, the multi-year effort and tremendous investment of an entire industry got wiped out! Companies such as turbine makers, importers, or developers have invested huge amounts of money to prepare competitive products for this market in Japan, most of which will go out of business, if this decision prevails. It will affect the credibility of Japan as a reliable place of business for Foreign Direct Investment. Feed-in-Tariffs (FIT) are incentive programs to encourage and kick-start renewable energy technologies with the ultimate goal to reduce the amount of incentives gradually over years until such new technologies can freely compete in the marketplace. Successful FIT programs need to provide enough long-term predictability and security for technology providers to justify their investment. This outrageous decision to reduce the FIT by 60% almost overnight and without notice does not instill any confidence for future renewable technology investments in Japan Please check out the “We Believe in Japan” website for more information and/or simply sign up online for our petition to avoid destruction of this industry. This petition will be handed to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) in Japan to reconsider their decision. Please sign up here for the future of renewable energy in Japan!  

International Wind Turbine Association
4,432 supporters
This petition won 4 months ago

Petition to California Public Utilities Commission, California Public Utilities Commission, California Public Utilities Commission, California Public Utilities Commission, California Public Utilities Commission, California Public Utilities Commission, California Public Utilities Commission

Stop SDG&E from taking solar savings from families, schools & businesses

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is trying to hurt solar customers, again. In the 11th hour, SDG&E is pulling a bait-and-switch on families, schools, churches and businesses who have responded to the policy signals sent by the state of California and invested in solar power, electric vehicles and energy storage. SDG&E wants to charge current solar customers twice as much for the same energy their neighbors use.  For over the past decade, California has encouraged homeowners, schools, cities and small businesses to go solar through various programs, including the California Solar Initiative and the Self-Generation Incentive Program. Those who already made investments in these technologies will be adversely impacted by SDG&E, who has one of the highest electricity rates in the continental U.S.  SDG&E came out with last-minute rates that go against policy signals from the state legislator and the California Public Utilities Commission.  Please sign this petition to tell the California Public Utilities you won't stand for this. Don't let SDG&E set policy for the state of California for the benefit of their shareholders while hurting ratepayers. This sets a dangerous precedent for the other investor-owned utilities.   Take action now!

Tara Kelly
731 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Jerry Brown, SCE: Southern California Edison, Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Energy Commission (CEC), California Coastal Commission (CCC), United States Department Of Energy

NUCLEAR-WASTE near the BEACH? You heard right...

Update: The latest is that a week before the April 14, 2017 hearing, SCE agreed to enter settlement talks. We now have a chance to block this insanity, but we need your help! Please spread the word, show up at events, and help build momentum to move this to a better location. The only thing blocking a better location is paperwork, red tape that we need to cut through. No one agrees this is the best place for the waste facility. Visit: for the latest information on this case! Additional petitions here: Background: In October of 2015, the California Coastal Commission, an entity meant to keep our coasts and ocean safe, granted Southern California Edison (SCE) a permit to bury their Nuclear-Waste on a stretch of beach between Oceanside and San Clemente (in San Diego and Orange Counties). This area is located on two fault lines, and it is not a question of IF there will be a major earthquake in this region but WHEN... The probability of a major earthquake in this area is inevitable and may be sooner than one may think As you likely know, radioactive-waste is deadly to humans and wildlife... including marine-life in the ocean, where the deadly-plume would not be contained. Much of Southern California would become uninhabitable and beach-towns would become ghost-towns up and down the coast (including Mexico). NUCLEAR-WASTE IS TOXIC FOR MILLIONS OF YEARS, and it would not discriminate between the wealthy, healthy, sick and poor. Everyone would be affected!  Earthquakes are not the only concern. Public Watchdogs, a non-profit organization in San Diego, says the containers in which the nuclear-waste would be stored are only guaranteed for 25 years. However, failure has occurred in as little as 17 years in similar containers (and environment) Although considering the fault system, an earthquake could rupture them sooner. In a press release by Public Watchdogs they state,“On January 13, 2018, Southern California Edison will bury the radioactive (waste) equivalent of 700 nuclear warheads on the beach at San Onofre State Beach Park within 108 feet of the water. Each of the 75 waste containers holds more radiation than what was released at Chernobyl. When it is completed, it will be the world’s largest beachfront nuclear waste dump.” Ray Lutz, from Citizens Oversight, Inc. adds, this site is “only inches over the high-tide water mark... in an tsunami zone and poised as a prime terrorist target,” Citizens Oversight, Inc. filed a lawsuit in October 2015 to block the permit in Superior Court. Lutz states, “The latest is that a week before the April 14, 2017 hearing, SCE agreed to enter settlement talks. We now have a chance to block this insanity.” The new court date is scheduled for July 14, 2017. Recently, SCE claimed burying 3.6 million pounds of nuclear waste at San Onfre as a reasonable and safe option. They are now in negotiations with Citizens Oversight, Inc. and Patricia Borchmann (represented by Aguirre & Severson LLP). In a document written by Patricia Borchmann in 2015, she addresses the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and states, "In 2012, a federal circuit court agreed with Attorney General Schneiderman that federal law requires NRC to complete a thorough analysis of public health, safety and environmental hazards such storage would pose before allowing long-term storage of nuclear waste in communities. In reaching its decision, the circuit court found the spent nuclear fuel stored on-site at nuclear power plants 'poses a dangerous, long-term health and environmental risk.'" Borchmann also makes reference to the California Energy Commission (CEC) and California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in this document Gary Headrick, of San Clemente Green located in Orange County, seemingly points out the obvious, "The most serious concern of all, is that we continue to produce nuclear waste when there is no permanent repository." Taking it one step further... It is time to stop producing deadly-waste that will be on this planet long after our species and may be the cause of ending humankind's existence, as well as the extinction of other species on earth. It is absolute madness! THE TIME FOR SAFE, CLEAN, RENEWABLE ENERGY IS NOW!! The practice of choosing profits over people and the environment must end. This behavior must go extinct before we do.  Let's Keep Pressure on Southern California Edison, the California Coastal Commission, Governor Jerry Brown, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the United States Department of Energy, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the California Energy Commission (CEC) to do what is SANE and revoke the permit and find a safer site to store this nuclear-waste.

Laura Lee
571 supporters