Well-Intentioned Energy Policies Are Hurting Consumers

For net metering to be successful, it is crucial that policymakers find solutions that produce more benefits than costs. Accomplishing this requires getting the prices correct and increasing consumer protections. To read this piece by Liam Sigaud and Krisztina Pusok, visit Inside Sources. Well-Intentioned Energy Policies Are Hurting Consumers  

Morning Consult: Reforming Net Metering Would Restore Fairness for Energy Consumers

Solar power is an important part of our energy future, but misguided net metering policies distort the market, transfer wealth from the neediest Americans to the most wealthy and incentivize fraudulent business practices that victimize consumers. The basic solution is simple: States should adopt fair, market-driven rates to compensate net metering customers. To read this […]

New ConsumerGram: The Unintended Consequences of Net Metering

At first glance, the concept of promoting rooftop solar energy seems like a good idea: homeowners are incentivized to buy or lease solar panels; they benefit from reduced reliance on their local utility for electricity; they benefit directly from clean solar energy; and they sell any excess power to the electric utility for credit or […]

Progress in Cost Effective Sources for Electric Generation

The U.S. is experiencing diminished reliance on electricity generated from fossil fuels (coal, petroleum and natural gas generation) and an increase in reliance on renewables (wind, tide, geothermal, hydroelectric, solar and nuclear).  Coal now accounts for just 30% of electric generation.  While use of renewables has increases dramatically, only in one state has a renewable […]

ConsumerGram: The Unintended Consequences of Net Metering

On the surface, the concept of promoting rooftop solar energy seems like a good idea: homeowners are incentivized to buy or lease solar panels; they benefit from reduced reliance on the local utility for electricity; they benefit directly from clean solar energy; and they sell any excess power to the electric utility for credit or […]

Market Flaws and Distortions in Competitive Electricity Markets

This is the first in a series of ConsumerGrams designed to discuss the serious challenges facing competitive electricity markets.  This first piece focuses on the problems confronting baseload power generation, including structural problems and market distortions that threaten grid reliability, energy security, and the nation’s climate change mitigation and environmental quality goals.  This ConsumerGram summarizes […]

All in the Public Interest: Part 1 – Energy Regulation

We have heard about all those “good deeds” enacted in the “public’s interest.”  However, not only do some of these “good deeds” turn out to do more harm than good for consumers, but they often have a disproportionate and negative impact on low-income consumers.  Let’s look at a few examples. Carbon Taxes The idea behind […]

Privatize the TVA

The Federal government’s non-defense resources ought to be tilted as much as possible in the direction of maximizing consumer welfare. Sometimes this means entire government programs, enterprises, or agencies need to be eliminated or consolidated. A hard look ought to be taken at non-defense related government-held corporations, particularly where government provides goods that are normally […]