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Do Mandatory U.S. State Renewable Portfolio Standards Increase Electricity Prices?

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Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) are U.S. state mandates that utilities produce some of their electricity using renewable energy sources in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. While advocates highlight the potential long-term benefits of RPS, critics argue that RPS will increase electricity prices due to the higher costs of renewable energy generation. However, to date, there are no published empirical studies of the effect of RPS on electricity prices. Using state-level panel data from 1990 to 2011 and the difference-in-differences (DID) method, I find that implementation increases electricity prices when the RPS policy first becomes binding.

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  • Wang, Hongbo, 2014. "Do Mandatory U.S. State Renewable Portfolio Standards Increase Electricity Prices?," MPRA Paper 59165, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    Keywords

    Renewable Portfolio Standards; State electricity prices;

    JEL classification:

    • Q42 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Alternative Energy Sources
    • Q48 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Government Policy

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