Clean Energy

Amid chaos at WTO, environmental goods offer Trump an opportunity

Candidate Donald Trump promised swift and aggressive action on trade policy during the 2016 presidential campaign. But aside from withdrawing the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the …

Clean Energy Choices

Across the country, clean energy is growing rapidly in states that allow customers to choose their electricity supplier. The following is a panel discussion held at the Cannon …

Military bases used to mitigate wind power projects

U.S. wind power has been one of the energy sector's great success stories of the past decade. From small beginnings, wind capacity has grown fourfold over the past …

R Street panel discusses how to give companies clean choice

The renewable electricity industry has grown rapidly in the past decade. From their humble beginnings, wind and solar energy have more than doubled their combined share of power …

House subcommittee clears plans to unclog hydropower pipeline

With a 14-minute Oct. 26 markup session, the U.S. House Subcommittee on Energy sent a pair of deceptively simple bills to the full Energy and Commerce Committee, each …

Suniva ITC Remedy Filing

Re: Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cells (Whether or Not Partially or Fully Assembled into Other Products), Inv. No. TA-201-75 (Safeguard) Injury Phase Dear Secretary Barton: On behalf of the R Street …

Is the sun rising on solar protectionism?

Suniva Inc.—a Chinese-owned, Atlanta-based and bankrupt solar firm—filed a petition in May 2017 with the International Trade Commission seeking import relief. Eventually joined in the petition by another …

‘Bring me some tariffs’?

The following op-ed was co-authored by R Street Electricity Policy Manager Devin Hartman.  Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, then-candidate Trump promised a bold new trade agenda for the United …

Brief of Energy Economists as Amici Curiae in Support of Plaintiffs-Appellants

Amici curiae are leading economists and experts in the field of the markets for electric power. Amici also serve as professors and teachers of economics; write on economic …

DOE grid study shows how regulatory state disadvantages hydro, nuclear

The U.S. Energy Department’s recently issued study of the electric grid quickly is gaining notice as perhaps the most well-reasoned domestic policy document to come out of the …

DOE study provides insight, despite controversy

The U.S. Energy Department's much-discussed grid study, released this week amid a swirl of pre-publication controversy, offers a thoughtful and empirically based approach to examining current and future …

Ebbing the flow of hydropower red tape

The attached policy study was co-authored by Tom Russo, an associate fellow of the R Street Institute and president of Russo on Energy LLC. Whether the United States can retain …

Deregulating hydropower could help U.S. move to a cleaner, cheaper energy future

WASHINGTON (Aug. 24, 2017) – The current regulatory regime to license hydroelectric generation imposes a host of uncertainties and delays, with excessive environmental rules that, ironically, serve to …

Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cells (Whether or Not Partially or Fully Assembled into Other Products), Inv. No. TA-201-75 (Safeguard) Injury Phase

The Hon. Lisa R. Barton Secretary to the Commission U.S. International Trade Commission 500 E Street, SW Washington, D.C. 20436 Dear Secretary Barton: On behalf of the R Street Institute, a pragmatic free-market …

Microsoft’s alternative power deal could be breakthrough for consumer choice

Washington state regulators approved a settlement last week between Microsoft Corp. and their monopoly utility, Puget Sound Energy Inc. (PSE), to enable Microsoft to buy its own wholesale …

South Miami solar mandate would trample property rights

Expanding solar energy to rely less on oil, gas and other nonrenewable resources is an almost universal goal, regardless of one's political persuasion.  Indeed, with growing concerns about …

Forget Paris. Clean energy could be our next moonshot.

When President Donald Trump announced his plan to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, the sanctimonious outrage from liberal environmental activists began to froth and boil. Tom Steyer …

A solar energy trade war may be looming

A petition recently filed with the International Trade Commission by an Atlanta-based solar manufacturer could cause solar prices in the United States to skyrocket, raising thorny questions for …

To keep jobs in Missouri, special session should allow more options for renewable energy

As the legislature continues work during the special session, it needs to keep sight of the big picture. The case that motivated Gov. Eric Greitens to call the …

Florida House bill would make solar installations a pain

If you think getting home improvements approved and ultimately completed in Florida is a hassle now, if monopoly power companies get their way, just wait until you try …

This is why rest areas on federal highways are so boring

If you've ever taken a long road trip on a federal interstate, you might have had reason to stop at one of the nation's nearly 3,000 rest areas. …

Re-energizing highway rest stops

Limitations on commercial activity at federal highway rest stops have rendered them dreary and unappealing, and embroiled states and the federal government in pointless bureaucratic battles. Meanwhile, the …

Beyond Preferences: Embracing a competitive energy vision

Testimony to the Subcommittee on Energy U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce Good morning, Chairman Upton, Ranking Member Rush, and members of the subcommittee. Thank you for the opportunity …

What’s holding back solar in the Lone Star State?

Texas is known for being a sunny place - literally. El Paso County is in the top 1 percent of U.S. counties for the amount of sunshine received …

How Texas can protect the electric grid from attack

A single nuclear device set off at a high altitude creates an electromagnetic pulse that knocks out electricity in a third of the United States. Key electrical infrastructure …

Avoiding the renewables blame game – lessons from down under

News that wind energy may have played a role in an electrical blackout experienced last week in South Australia has reinvigorated the question of whether renewable-energy mandates decrease …

Increasing tax on wind is a bad idea

Addressing the nation’s entrepreneurs and small business owners from the Old Executive Office Building in August 1986, President Ronald Reagan lightheartedly observed that, under his predecessor Jimmy Carter, …

How limits on Hawaiian deep-sea mining could hurt the solar-energy market

In a bid to shore up his eco-legacy, President Barack Obama announced the expansion of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine Monument. The protected area, first created by President George W. …

Marketplace for energy drives lower costs

The following op-ed was co-authored by Rev. Mitch Hescox, the president and CEO of Evangelical Environmental Network. When it comes to energy generation, business as usual is hurting Missouri. …

Six energy-policy reforms conservatives should embrace

The U.S. House demonstrated last week that the politics of climate solutions remain intractable. With bipartisan support, lawmakers overwhelmingly passed a resolution describing a carbon tax as, “not …

When it comes to solar, average isn’t everything

This summer, the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative will reach its halfway point. Established in 2011 as a ten-year project, the program aims to make solar "fully …

Green Scissors coalition urges U.S. Department of Energy to withdraw funding from the Texas Clean Energy Project

Dear Secretary Moniz: The Green Scissors coalition is deeply concerned by the U.S. Department of Energy’s ongoing support for the Texas Clean Energy Project. As a coalition of free-market, …

36 groups to Energy and Commerce Committee: Hold hearing on the Renewable Fuel Standard

Dear Chairman Upton and Ranking Member Pallone: The undersigned organizations encourage you, as soon as possible, to hold a Committee hearing on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). We believe …

Improving the market for clean energy in Texas

The last few years have seen an incredible decline in the price of technologies that provide clean energy or increase energy efficiency. The cost of solar power has …

By the rivers of .  .  . Quebec?

Jake Irving looks excited. Sitting at a table in a noisy Washington, D.C., bistro, he pulls a chart out of a briefcase with a flourish. The numbers are …

Energy policy akin to a Cheesecake Factory menu: Is it needed?

If nothing else, the Cheesecake Factory, a mall favorite sit-down restaurant with Gaudi-esque décor, offers an all-of-the-above menu. Want Asian? There's pad thai and orange chicken. Americanized Italian? …

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