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Climate Policy and Voluntary Initiatives: An Evaluation of the Connecticut Clean Energy Communities Program

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Can simple government programs effectively promote voluntary initiatives to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions? This paper provides an evaluation of how the Connecticut Clean Energy Communities program affects household decisions to voluntarily purchase "green" electricity, which is electricity generated from renewable sources of energy. The results suggest that, within participating communities, subsidizing municipal solar panels as matching grants for reaching green-electricity enrollment targets increases the number of household purchases by 35 percent. The Clean Energy Communities program thus demonstrates how mostly symbolic incentives can mobilize voluntary initiatives within communities and promote demand for renewable energy.

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  • Matthew J. Kotchen, 2010. "Climate Policy and Voluntary Initiatives: An Evaluation of the Connecticut Clean Energy Communities Program," NBER Working Papers 16117, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  • Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:16117
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    1. Francesco Vona & Francesco Nicolli, 2013. "Energy market liberalisation and renewable energy policies in OECD countries," Working Papers hal-00973070, HAL.
    2. Tanya O’Garra, 2013. "Individual consumers and climate change: searching for a new moral compass," Chapters,in: Handbook on Energy and Climate Change, chapter 26, pages 561-580 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    3. Francesco Nicolli & Francesco Vona, 2012. "The evolution of renewable energy policy in OECD countries: aggregate indicators and determinants," Sciences Po publications 2012-13, Sciences Po.
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    5. Caterina Gennaioli & Ralf Martin & Mirabelle Muûls, 2013. "Using micro data to examine causal effects of climate policy," Chapters,in: Handbook on Energy and Climate Change, chapter 20, pages 453-470 Edward Elgar Publishing.

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    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q4 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy
    • Q58 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environmental Economics: Government Policy

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