- - Monday, August 17, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

In his column “Free consumers from renewable power mandates” (Web, Aug. 6) Thaddeus McCotter raises a valid point regarding states that have chosen to scale back or freeze their renewable-energy mandates. Such actions don’t constitute opposition to renewables. “Rather,” As Mr. McCotter writes, “Policymakers are concluding that consumer choice and the market will maximize renewable use more efficiently than government fiat.”

Utah State University research on a number of states that are weighing energy mandates support this premise. “The True Cost of Wind” study found that generating electricity from wind power is on average 48 percent higher than previous estimates have stated.

Additionally, state-specific studies showed states that have enacted Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) requiring utilities to purchase electricity pumped from renewable sources have seen increased costs for consumers. In Ohio, electricity customers will pay $1.92 billion more between now and 2026 with the RPS in place. North Carolina received an estimated $14.4 billion in less real personal income over the life of the study than it would have without the RPS in place. In Kansas, an average family made $4,367 less over the life of the study due to RPS mandates.

These findings are more reasons why state and federal policymakers should carefully consider those costs in as they make decisions about energy mandates.

RYAN YONK



CEO and Executive director, Strata Policy

Logan, Utah

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