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Lack of Recycling Information Creates Consumer Confusion
Josiah Neeley & Philip Rossetti

Most recycling programs treat all types of recycled materials as interchangeable, and perhaps for this reason, the general public tends to think of them this way as well. For consumers, two decisions…

How to Make Distributed Energy Resources Work for Texas
Josiah Neeley

The Value of DERs
Distributed energy resources (DERs) are any kind of resources located on the distribution system, rather than coming from generators. The term applies to a variety of technologies,…

Flawed Regulatory System Encourages Bad Behavior By Electric Utilities
Josiah Neeley

The summer of 2020 saw shocking allegations of criminal conduct by electric companies in two midwestern states.

In July, Commonwealth Edison (ComEd), a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation, agreed to…

Fact Sheet on Options for Enhancing Regional Competition in Wholesale Electricity
Josiah Neeley & Devin Hartman

OVERVIEW

In much of the United States, electric utilities remain vertically integrated monopolies, with a single entity in charge of the generation, transmission and delivery of electricity to…

A Conservative Approach to Immigration Detention Reform
Jonathan Haggerty

BACKGROUND
Recent reports of inadequate medical care provided at immigration detention centers, as well as mismanagement of COVID-19 outbreaks, have prompted calls for an investigation into the…

A Conservative Approach to Community Supervision in the Age of COVID-19
Casey Witte & Emily Mooney & Nila Bala

BACKGROUND
It is estimated that there are over six million Americans currently involved with our criminal justice system, 4.3 million of which are under some form of community supervision. More…

Why Regulation of Net Energy Metering Programs Should Remain a State Matter
Josiah Neeley

Should FERC agree with NERA’s position, it would have a significant impact on our system of federalism. A growing number of states are already concerned with what they view as FERC infringement…

The New Frontier for Texas Electricity Competition: Enabling Distributed Resources and Avoiding Price Controls
Josiah Neeley & Chris Villarreal

Texas has the freest electricity market in the nation. Most of the state operates under its own electric grid, managed by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). And with a few exceptions,…

E-Cigarettes Composition: Nicotine Concentration and Nicotine Salts
Chelsea Boyd

Public Health England;1 the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine; and the FDA have recognized that nicotine products exist on a continuum of risk, with e-cigarettes at the lower…

Community Supervision Reform
Nila Bala

As the consequences of mass incarceration became evident in the 1980s, reformers looked to probation as an alternative to incarceration. Community supervision seemed to present a low-cost method to…