Documents filed under Energy Policy from USA

A national renewable portfolio standard? Not Practical

Impatience to solve current problems has resulted in aggressive RPSs with strict deadlines. Although we agree that renewable technologies will help attain social goals, mandating rapid, massive deployment of these technologies will result in high cost, disputes over land use, and unreliable electricity, leading to a public backlash against these policies. The United States needs to focus on the goals, provide substantial incentives to meet them, and avoid polices that exclude economical ways to meet them.
1 Sep 2008

NY PSC recommended decision: Iberdrola S.A. intent to acquire Energy East Corporation

Iberdrolard_thumb Administrative Law Judge, Rafael A. Epstein has handed down his recommended decision on whether Iberdrola, S.A. should be permitted to acquireEnergy East Corporation and its subsidiaries. Judge Epstein's primary recommendation is that the Commission "disapprove the transaction on the ground that it does not satisfy the "public interest" requirement of Public Service Law (PSL) 70. The full decision can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.
16 Jun 2008

MA DPU Chairman memo and comments to the ISO New England

Hibbard_draft_eswg_comments_july_18_2008_thumb Memo from the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities Chairman, Paul Hibbard, to the ISO New England. Chairman Hibbard expresses his concerns over the push to regionalize costs for building expensive transmission lines to service renewable projects (wind) built far from load centers. Current FERC rules are unclear on how to justify distribution of the costs across all ratepayers within the region unless it can be shown such transmission is needed to ensure the reliability and integrity of the grid.
11 Jun 2008

MA DPU Chairman memo and comments to the ISO New England

Hibbard_draft_eswg_comments_july_18_2008_thumb Memo from the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities Chairman, Paul Hibbard, to the ISO New England. Chairman Hibbard expresses his concerns over the push to regionalize costs for building expensive transmission lines to service renewable projects (wind) built far from load centers. Current FERC rules are unclear on how to justify distribution of the costs across all ratepayers within the region unless it can be shown such transmission is needed to ensure the reliability and integrity of the grid.
11 Jun 2008

MA DPU Chairman memo and comments to the ISO New England

Hibbard_draft_eswg_comments_july_18_2008_thumb Memo from the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities Chairman, Paul Hibbard, to the ISO New England. Chairman Hibbard expresses his concerns over the push to regionalize costs for building expensive transmission lines to service renewable projects (wind) built far from load centers. Current FERC rules are unclear on how to justify distribution of the costs across all ratepayers within the region unless it can be shown such transmission is needed to ensure the reliability and integrity of the grid.
11 Jun 2008

MA DPU Chairman memo and comments to the ISO New England

Hibbard_draft_eswg_comments_july_18_2008_thumb Memo from the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities Chairman, Paul Hibbard, to the ISO New England. Chairman Hibbard expresses his concerns over the push to regionalize costs for building expensive transmission lines to service renewable projects (wind) built far from load centers. Current FERC rules are unclear on how to justify distribution of the costs across all ratepayers within the region unless it can be shown such transmission is needed to ensure the reliability and integrity of the grid.
11 Jun 2008

MA DPU Chairman memo and comments to the ISO New England

Hibbard_draft_eswg_comments_july_18_2008_thumb Memo from the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities Chairman, Paul Hibbard, to the ISO New England. Chairman Hibbard expresses his concerns over the push to regionalize costs for building expensive transmission lines to service renewable projects (wind) built far from load centers. Current FERC rules are unclear on how to justify distribution of the costs across all ratepayers within the region unless it can be shown such transmission is needed to ensure the reliability and integrity of the grid.
11 Jun 2008

MA DPU Chairman memo and comments to the ISO New England

Hibbard_draft_eswg_comments_july_18_2008_thumb Memo from the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities Chairman, Paul Hibbard, to the ISO New England. Chairman Hibbard expresses his concerns over the push to regionalize costs for building expensive transmission lines to service renewable projects (wind) built far from load centers. Current FERC rules are unclear on how to justify distribution of the costs across all ratepayers within the region unless it can be shown such transmission is needed to ensure the reliability and integrity of the grid.
11 Jun 2008

Wind power in Virginia: Overstated benefits, understated costs

Overstated_benefits_understated_costs_thumb This brochure provides a quick, but informative, summary of the key issues pertaining to wind energy development in Virginia and the Appalachian region. The document can serve as a start point for others preparing similar information materials for their community. Click on the link(s) at the bottom of this page to view the final layout including photos.
1 Jun 2008

Generating Electricity from Renewables: Crafting policies that achieve society's goals

Generating_electricity_from_renewables_thumb The authors of this policy white paper discuss the risks of renewable portfolio legislation which include aggressive time schedules to reach compliance. While the authors advocate renewable technologies to solve, they warn that any eagerness to get the benefits of renewables must be tempered with recognition that forcing the timing increases costs and could reduce reliability. They also note that time pressure can raise costs and make it impossible to attain specified goals. The paper was prepared for The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. The executive summary appears on this page. To access the full paper, click on one of the links below.
26 May 2008

Renewables: An inconvenient energy reality

Renewablesinconvenientenergyreality_thumb This document discusses the political reality of global warming, the push for renewable energy alternatives, and the effort by environmental organizations to see fossil fuel electrical power replaced with energy conservation, renewable and clean energy. The conclusions and recommendations of the document are included below. The full document can be accessed by clicking on one of the links below.
4 May 2008

Corporate social responsibility and energy: Lessons from Enron

Dr. Robert L. Bradley, Jr. ("Why Renewable Energy Is Not Cheap and Not Green") wrote this compeling document for the Institute for Study of Economics and the Environment at Lindenwood University following his lecture last fall. Outsiders viewing Enron’s collapse blamed it on unregulated markets and free-market capitalism. But, Bradley says Enron fell mainly because it was a “politically dependent” firm, not a truly “free-market” company. The list of Enron political initiatives to promote a marketing strategy of “sustainable development” includes: 1) support for the Clinton/Gore 1993 proposal for a Btu tax; 2) aggressive investment in solar power in 1994; 3) the purchase of Zond Corporation in 1996 to start the U.S. wind industry; 4) spearheading of the nation’s most strict renewable energy mandate in Texas in 1999 and 5) unsuccessful lobbying of the Bush/Cheney administration to regulate carbon dioxide emissions. Bradley includes a never-before-published memo from Enron’s man-on-the-scene at the Kyoto climate change meetings. Writing from Kyoto, Enron’s representative predicted: “If implemented [the Kyoto Protocol] will do more to promote Enron’s business than will almost any other regulatory initiative outside of restructuring of the ‘electricity’ and natural gas industries in Europe and the United States….
13 Apr 2008

Federal energy subsidies and support double between 1999 and 2007

Fedsubsidiesenergymarkets2007_thumb Federal electricity subsidies and support per unit of production (dollars per megawatt hour) varied widely by fuel in FY2007, according to EIA. Coal-based synfuels (refined coal) that are eligible for the alternative fuels tax credit, solar power and wind power received the highest subsidies per unit of generation, ranging from more than $23 to nearly $30 per megawatt hour of generation. The smallest subsidies on a per unit basis were for coal, natural gas and petroleum liquids, and municipal solid waste, all at less than $0.45 per megawatthour of generation.
1 Apr 2008

NY unplugged? Building energy capacity and curbing energy rates in the Empire State

This new report published by the Empire Center for New York State Policy, a project of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, discusses the rising costs of electricity in the State. A number of recommendations are offered, including an overhaul of the Renewable Portfolio Standard, a state policy that supports clean-energy generation such as wind farms. The Executive Summary is provided below. The full report can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.
8 Mar 2008

Advanced energy technologies: Budget trends and challenges for DOE’s energy R&D program

Gaoreportadvancedenergy_thumb For decades, the nation has benefited from relatively inexpensive energy, in the process growing heavily reliant on conventional fossil fuels-oil, natural gas, and coal. However, in the current wake of higher energy costs and environmental concerns about fossil fuel emissions, renewed attention is turning to the development of advanced energy technologies as alternatives. In the United States, the Department of Energy (DOE) has long conducted research, development, and demonstration (R&D) on advanced renewable, fossil, and nuclear energy technologies. DOE's Office of Science has also funded basic energy-related research.
5 Mar 2008

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