Reports on Energy

The reports below represent a sample of Frontier Group’s work on Energy. For more of our reports on this and related topics, please visit www.PolicyArchive.org. Full archive coming soon.

Building Solutions: Opportunities for Coloradans to Save Energy And Money Through Efficient Home Heating

Coloradans are paying increasingly steep prices to heat their homes each winter. To help homeowners with their bills, Colorado should improve home heating energy efficiency. Because heating accounts for more than half of all energy used in a typical Colorado home, heating efficiency improvements can have a big impact. Efficiency measures from high performance furnace systems to improved weatherization can directly save families money. Moreover, reduced demand for energy will reduce energy prices, benefiting everyone in the state.

(September 2008)
Fair Deal for Consumers or Free Ride for Polluters: The Case for Auctioning Pollution Permits in the Western Climate Initiative

As Western states consider plans to reduce global warming pollution, a key question is whether the region will give away emission allowances created in any “cap-and-trade” program for reducing global warming pollution or sell them in an auction. Fair Deal for Consumers or Free Ride for Polluters? lays out the case for auctioning allowances in any Western global warming cap-and-trade system, documenting the economic and environmental benefits of auctions.

(September 2008)
Powering Maryland’s Future: How Clean Energy Outperforms Nuclear Power in Delivering a Reliable, Safe and Affordable Supply of Electricity

Constellation Energy has announced plans to build a third nuclear reactor at Calvert Cliffs, which the company says could provide a large amount of electricity with little global warming or health-threatening pollution, at less cost than natural gas. Others advocate that Maryland follow a “clean energy” path that uses improvements in energy efficiency and new sources of renewable energy to address the state’s electricity challenges. Powering Maryland’s Future compares the two pathways and shows that by any measure—reliability, cost, safety, environmental impact, or support for a growing Maryland economy—clean energy is likely to outperform a nuclear-based strategy for powering Maryland’s future.

(July 2008)
The Power of Efficiency: Opportunities to Save Money, Reduce Pollution, and Expand the Economy in Iowa

Energy efficiency measures offer a cost-effective and simple opportunity to solve Iowa’s biggest energy challenges. The Power of Efficiency shows that by reducing demand for electricity and natural gas, energy efficiency measures can prevent the need to build new power plants and ease pressure on limited fuel supplies, bringing a variety of benefits for the economy and for the environment of the Midwest. And at the same time, energy efficiency offers large potential for citizens and businesses to save on energy bills.

(April 2008)
The Power of Efficiency: Opportunities to Save Money, Reduce Pollution, and Expand the Economy in Wisconsin

Energy efficiency measures offer a cost-effective and simple opportunity to solve Wisconsin’s biggest energy challenges. The Power of Efficiency shows that by reducing demand for electricity and natural gas, energy efficiency measures can prevent the need to build new power plants and ease pressure on limited fuel supplies, bringing a variety of benefits for the economy and for the environment of the Midwest. And at the same time, energy efficiency offers large potential for citizens and businesses to save on energy bills.

(April 2008)
The Power of Efficiency: Opportunities to Save Money, Reduce Pollution, and Expand the Economy in Illinois'

Energy efficiency measures offer a cost-effective and simple opportunity to solve Illinois’ biggest energy challenges. The Power of Efficiency shows that by reducing demand for electricity and natural gas, energy efficiency measures can prevent the need to build new power plants and ease pressure on limited fuel supplies, bringing a variety of benefits for the economy and for the environment of the Midwest. And at the same time, energy efficiency offers large potential for citizens and businesses to save on energy bills.

(April 2008)
On the Rise: Solar Thermal Power and the Fight Against Global Warming

Preventing catastrophic global warming will require the United States to shift away from highly polluting sources of power and toward clean, renewable energy. On the Rise finds that concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies—which use the sun’s heat to generate electricity—can make a large contribution toward reducing global warming pollution in the United States, and do so quickly and at a reasonable cost. CSP can also reduce other environmental impacts of electric power production, while sparking economic development and creating jobs.

(March 2008)
Energy Saved, Dollars Earned: Real-World Examples of How Energy Efficiency Can Benefit Maryland Consumers

Electricity and natural gas prices have jumped, millions of dollars are leaving the state to pay for fuel imports, and Maryland will likely face rolling electric blackouts as early as 2011. Energy Saved, Dollars Earned demonstrates that the fastest, cheapest and cleanest way to address this crisis is to increase energy efficiency, so that we can get more heat, light, and work from the energy we already use. For guidance, Maryland can look to states across the country that have adopted strategies to increase energy efficiency. These programs deliver dollar savings for the citizens, businesses and institutions that participate. Moreover, they reduce costs, improve the reliability of the energy system, delay the need to build new power plants, slow rising energy prices, create jobs, and strengthen the economy for society as a whole.

(February 2008)
America's Clean Energy Stars: State Actions Leading America to a New Energy Future

America is in the midst of a clean energy boom, and state governments are taking the lead. States across the country have adopted creative policy tools such as renewable electricity standards, ratepayer-funded energy efficiency programs, and aggressive building energy codes. America’s Clean Energy Stars highlights the states that have adopted cutting-edge clean energy policies and identifies “rising stars” that are moving toward a new energy future.

(November 2007)
Reaping the Rewards: How State Renewable Electricity Standards are Cutting Pollution, Saving Money, Creating Jobs and Fueling a Clean Energy Boom

More than half of the nation’s 50 states have adopted renewable electricity standards (RES) – policies that require utilities to obtain a minimum percentage of renewable energy for their customers. Reaping the Rewards shows that state that have adopted RES policies are leading the nation in the production of clean energy, while reducing pollution, curbing reliance on fossil fuels, and creating exciting new economic opportunities.

(September 2007)
Energizing Ohio’s Economy: Creating Jobs and Reducing Pollution with Wind Power

Developing Ohio’s wind energy resources will advance Ohio’s economy. Clean, renewable and home-grown wind energy will help to make Ohio more energy independent, create jobs, increase incomes, and help to prepare our economy for a potential national cap on global warming pollution. Energizing Ohio’s Economy uses an economic model to evaluate the impact of increasing wind energy production to 20 percent of Ohio retail electricity sales by 2020, in comparison with continuing business as usual. We find that wind energy can provide significant benefits for Ohio’s economy and environment. Accordingly, wind power and other renewable energy resources should play a central part in Ohio’s energy policy.

(August 2007)
Powering New Jersey's Future: A Clean Energy Strategy for Replacing the Oyster Creek and Salem Nuclear Plants

New Jersey’s electricity grid faces increasing strains from rising demand. At the same time, three of the state’s four nuclear reactors – located at the Oyster Creek and Salem nuclear power plants – are scheduled to retire by 2020. The state’s nuclear power plants pose environmental, health and safety problems. Powering New Jersey’s Future describes how the Garden State can meet its electricity needs while retiring its nuclear power plants on schedule, by moving aggressively to boost the energy efficiency of the state’s economy, invest in renewable energy, promote the use of energy-saving combined-heat-and-power technology, and manage electricity demand.

(May 2007)
Solar Water Heating: How California Can Reduce Its Dependence on Natural Gas

Solar hot water systems capture energy from the sun to heat water for homes and businesses, thereby displacing the use of natural gas, or in some cases electricity, with free and limitless solar energy. Solar Water Heating finds that increasing the use of solar hot water heaters could save California 1.2 billion therms of natural gas a year, the equivalent of 24 percent of all gas use in homes. To prevent global warming pollution, reduce dependence on imported fuel, and ease the price of natural gas, California should act now by jumpstarting a mainstream market for solar hot water.

(April 2007)
The High Cost of Nuclear Power: Why Maryland Can't Afford a Nuclear Reactor

Constellation Energy has proposed building a third reactor at the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant in Maryland. The High Cost of Nuclear Power shows that building a new reactor would be expensive, threaten public health and safety, and damage the environment. Maryland should refuse to subsidize construction of a new reactor and instead invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy.

(March 2007)
Energizing Michigan’s Economy: Creating Jobs and Reducing Pollution with Energy Efficiency and Renewable Electric Power

Michigan is facing serious choices about the future of its electricity system. With a growing demand for electricity, the state is considering building new coal-fired or nuclear power plants to meet its electricity needs. However, Energizing Michigan’s Economy shows that a serious program to improve the efficiency of electricity use and tap into the state’s home-grown renewable energy resources would have stronger benefits for the state economy. Such a New Energy Future would create jobs, save consumers money, stabilize energy prices, make Michigan more energy independent, reduce long-term economic and environmental risk from global warming pollution and ensure that more of Michigan’s energy dollars stay in the local economy, as opposed to paying for coal, gas and uranium from out of state.

(February 2007)

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