How a ‘Feed-in Tariff’ Could Revolutionize the Power Grid

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R. James Woolsey, former Director of the CIA, discusses key methods for modernizing and improving America’s energy grid. He explains that levying a “feed-in tariff” would allow individuals to sell energy from renewable sources back to the utilities. “There’s more solar on one big building in downtown Munich – two megawatts – than there is in the entire state of Texas,” exclaims Woolsey.


R. James Woolsey is chairman of Woolsey Partners LLC and former United States Director of Central Intelligence, heading the Central Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Intelligence Community.

Specializing in a range of alternative energy and security issues, Woolsey serves in various capacities at VantagePoint Venture Partners, Paladin Capital Group and the law firm Goodwin Procter. Previously, he was a vice president and officer of Booz Allen Hamilton, and a partner at the law firm Shea & Gardner (now Goodwin Procter) in Washington, D.C., where he practiced for 22 years in the fields of civil litigation, arbitration and mediation.

Woolsey serves on a range of government, corporate, and nonprofit advisory boards, chairing several, and has served in the past as a member of boards of directors of a number of publicly and privately held companies, generally in fields related to technology and security. He is a frequent contributor of articles to major publications, and gives public speeches and media interviews on the subjects of foreign affairs, defense, energy, and intelligence. Having received his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, Woolsey earned a master’s degree at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and a law degree from Yale Law School.



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