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Ethanol and Renewable Fuel Standard

January 31, 2016 This report examines the history and impact of government subsidies for the corn ethanol industry on the U.S. economy as a whole and also on specific “corn belt” counties. We are primarily concerned with the impact of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) following its implementation in 2005. By looking at both local […]

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Reliability of Renewable Energy

  December 3, 2015 The Reliability of Renewable Energy reports are an examination of the five most common sources of renewable electricity generation: wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, and hydro. The studies assess each source’s economic, physical, and environmental aspects. Reliability of Renewable Energy: Wind Download Full Report here. Download Condensed Report here. Reliability of Renewable […]

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Renewable Portfolio Standards: Michigan

The United States has no federal mandate for “renewable” power production, so a majority of states, including Michigan, have created their own state laws called Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS). These laws require certain renewable sources be included among the overall menu of options from which electricity companies produce power. In October 2008, Public Act 295, also known as […]

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Renewable Portfolio Standards: Ohio

The Institute of Political Economy at Utah State University has produced a report on the costs of Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) in Ohio.  Currently, the U.S. has no federal mandate for “renewable” power production. Instead, a majority of states, including Ohio, have created their own state laws that mandate a certain percentage of their statewide electricity […]

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