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What’s Powering Wind? The Effect of State Renewable Energy Policies on Wind Capacity (1994-2012)

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  • Karen Maguire


    (Oklahoma State University)

As of 2012, 29 states had enacted a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), while 37 states had at least one utility offering Green Power Purchasing (GPP) to their customers. The goal of both policies is to promote the adoption of clean, renewable energy. This paper examines the influence of these polices on wind capacity across the United States from 1994 -2012, a period of significant expansion of the wind generation market. The analysis focuses on wind because as compared with other modern renewable energy sources, wind is the only renewable energy source to make significant inroads into the U.S. electricity generation market. My findings indicate that while there have been significant increases in commercial scale wind generation capacity, neither RPS nor GPP programs had a significant influence on within state wind capacity additions.

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Paper provided by Oklahoma State University, Department of Economics and Legal Studies in Business in its series Economics Working Paper Series with number 1404.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2013
Date of revision: Jan 2015
Handle: RePEc:okl:wpaper:1404
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