Tag Archive: energy

  • Do Skyrocketing Electricity Rates in New England Foretell Consequences of Clean Power Plan?

    | December 17, 2014 | Add a comment

    The New York Times ran an interesting article a few days ago discussing the skyrocketing electricity prices residents of New England are being forced to pay even before the winter season begins. The article identifies a resident of New Hampshire named John York who paid $376 to power his small … »

  • New Report Assigns Dollar Values to Recent EPA Regulations

    | November 20, 2014 | Add a comment

    Ever since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its Clean Power Plan proposal this past June, a number of analyses have been conducted to try and determine the total cost of the regulation to electricity consumers. A report released this morning by Energy Ventures Analysis (EVA), however, goes a … »

  • Lawsuits Filed in Response to Fracking Ban in Denton, TX

    | November 10, 2014 | Add a comment

    In what many pundits have described as a “wave election,” many candidates who embraced and campaigned on the principles of free-markets and limited government saw great success this past Tuesday. In contrast, however, the citizens of Denton, TX voted via referendum to ban the oil and gas drilling technique commonly … »

  • Fracking in Illinois

    | November 6, 2014 | Add a comment

    Big news today out of Illinois: fracking can soon begin. Today, the 12-member Illinois Joint Committee on Administrative Rules adopted regulations that govern hydraulic fracturing within the state, which will be made public by November 15th. Oil and gas companies can start applying for permits later this month. The rules … »

  • Polar Vortex Highlights Grid Reliability Concerns

    | October 10, 2014 | Add a comment

    One of the chief concerns about the EPA’s recently proposed Clean Power Plan is the effect that the regulation would have on electric grid reliability. We’ve written before about the roughly 50 gigawatts of installed baseload capacity that the EPA itself acknowledges will be retired by 2020 directly as a … »

  • EPA Proposed Regulation Would Significantly Hurt Access to Electricity

    | September 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

    When talking about energy and environmental policy, it is a bit troublesome to watch just how recklessly big-government environmentalists unfairly and erroneously accuse individuals and organizations of the pro-free market persuasion of being “climate deniers.” Instead of engaging in thoughtful, substantive discussion, many of these environmental activists oftentimes resort to … »

  • The Energy Link: Energy Producing States and Economic Growth

    | June 18, 2014 | Add a comment

     In this space, we have written about an apparent connection between states that develop their natural resources and lower unemployment rates.  Between 1995 and 2011, the four states that saw their unemployment rates improve at the greatest rate compared to the national average are significant energy producers: West Virginia, North … »

  • New Publication on Net Metering Reform

    | March 20, 2014 | Add a comment

    For the sake of this exercise, imagine that you have a sizable vegetable garden in your back yard.  One year you decide to plant tomatoes and because of optimal sunshine and rain you end up having a bumper crop at harvest.  You have so many tomatoes that even after eating … »

  • The EU’s Energy Conundrum

    | February 25, 2014 | Add a comment

    By: Riley Workman The push to control carbon emissions and increase renewable energy alternatives in the United States has sparked a swarm of controversy over the effectiveness and economic impact such measures might have. If left unchecked, these restrictions can have severe economic consequences for the U.S. and remove the … »

  • The Energy Link: Energy Producing States and Rising Incomes

    | December 13, 2013 | Add a comment

    On this blog we have previously written about an apparent link between energy producing states and improving unemployment rates.  Between 1995 and 2011, the four states that saw their unemployment rates improve at the greatest rate compared to the national average are significant energy producers: West Virginia, North Dakota, Alaska, … »