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 […]
The US has plentiful sources for generating electricity. Unlike parts of Asia and Europe our self-sufficiency does not force us into precarious positions such as needing to import natural gas (as does Ukraine) carried by hostile pipeline operators. Nor do wo we need to rely on transoceanic tankers for liquefied natural gas supply (as do […]
This blog, published in today’s Real Clear Policy, discusses how consumers can be adversely affected by public policies that try to encourage consumers to put solar power panels on their rooftop. To read and print the piece, visit Real Clear Policy.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Steve Pociask, president of the American Consumer Institute, and Joseph Fuhr, economics professor at Weidener University and senior fellow at the Institute, released a year-long research study that investigated 351 energy projects in 49 states. The study, by TeleNomic Research, was conducted at the request of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and gives an independent […]