Energy Subsidies

Are Electric Vehicles a Threat to the Texas Electrical Grid?

Electric vehicles (EVs) can be a strangely polarizing topic among conservatives. Lots of conservatives remain skeptical of EV technologies and dislike the fact that they receive government subsidies. …

Congress must oppose intervention in the energy market

Fear is the great foe of liberty. Nothing drives fear deeper into energy policymakers’ hearts than predicting blackouts. Owners of unprofitable power plants sometimes seize on this fear to …

Greentech Media Podcast: Beyond Subsidies

R Street senior fellow Devin Hartman and EDF’s Lenae Shirley discussed on Greentech Media’s The Interchange podcast how competitive electricity markets align the conservative and green agendas. The …

House energy tax break cuts don’t go far enough – yet

A glance at the House Ways and Means tax plan published at the beginning of November shows some promising movement toward eliminating costly tax breaks and special tax provisions that …

Congress has narrow window to level energy tax playing field

For the first time in more than 30 years, Congress and the White House are moving in one direction toward major changes to the tax code. For months …

Bringing tax reform to the energy sector

The attached policy study is co-authored by R Street Federal Energy Policy Manager William Murray. For the first time in more than a decade, Congress and the White House …

R Street paper urges lawmakers to bring tax reform to the energy sector

WASHINGTON (Nov. 2, 2017) – As congressional leaders roll out the first serious push for comprehensive tax reform in a generation, they should pay particular attention to the …

Why is Rick Perry’s Energy Department proposing an anti-conservative reform?

Let's be clear: The Energy Department's proposed rulemaking before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to subsidize power plants with on-site fuel is the antithesis of economic conservatism. The anti-competitive DOE …

Why we need to kick our foolish ethanol addiction

Bad news arrives slowly to some U.S. political circles. The failure of the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program to achieve its policy goals over the past decade is one …

Trump wisely rejects emergency order for coal

The Trump administration this week confirmed it has rejected a coal industry request seeking an emergency order for a two-year moratorium on coal-plant closures. This avoids what would …

Coal Subsidies: America’s worst policy idea?

If someone produced “America’s Worst Policy Idea” as a weekly televised contest with Simon Cowell as a judge, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s most recent proposal on coal …

Testimony: Renewable Fuel Standard Program – EPA

Good morning, and thank you for the opportunity to share the views of the R Street Institute with you this morning. The R Street Institute is a pragmatic, …

Conservatives need an energy vision

For conservatives seeking a major victory, a great place to start would be to fix the mess of energy subsidies and regulations that have accumulated over the past …

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 …

Avoiding backdoor bailouts on the Texas grid

Texas is blessed to have a competitive market for electrical generation. Unlike most states, Texas’ electric-power mix is not decided by bureaucrats who guarantee that utilities can recover …

Utility regulators must protect average electricity customers and competition

The following op-ed was co-authored by Dick Munson, director of Midwest clean energy for the Environmental Defense Fund. Ohio's utility regulators may have been appointed by a conservative governor, who …

Green Scissors Coalition urges Senate Finance Committee to let energy tax breaks expire

Dear Chairmen Hatch and Brady and Ranking Members Wyden and Levin: The Green Scissors coalition writes to you with deep concerns regarding attempts to extend a suite of energy …

Six energy-policy reforms conservatives should embrace

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

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 …

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 …

The ‘open for business’ tax plan

It’s not hard to find people in Washington who say they favor something called “fundamental tax reform.” President Barack Obama, for example, loves talking about the idea. In …

The green(ish) case against wind power subsidies

As an energy source, wind power looks just about perfect: it creates no greenhouse gases, requires pulling nothing out of the earth, and relies on an inexhaustible resource. …

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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