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Renewable Portfolio Standards: Pennsylvania

The United States has no federal mandate for “renewable” power production, so a majority of states, including Pennsylvania, 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. Pennsylvania has been known as “The Coal State,” and […]

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The Unseen Costs of Electricity

April 20, 2016 “In the economic sphere an act, a habit, an institution, a law produces not only one effect, but a series of effects. Of these effects, the first alone is immediate; it appears simultaneously with its cause; it is seen. The other effects emerge only subsequently; they are not seen; we are fortunate if […]

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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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