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.

Challenging Nuclear Power in the States: Policy and Organizing Tools for Slowing the "Nuclear Renaissance"

For the first time in more than three decades, there are viable proposals to build new nuclear power plants in the United States. Given the nuclear industry’s history of cost overruns and safety problems, Americans need a strong watchdog to protect their interests. Unfortunately, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has a poor track record of ensuring nuclear safety and federal law proscribes states from adopting their own regulations to protect the public. Challenging Nuclear Power in the States describes a series of policy and regulatory tools that citizens and advocates can use to challenge the expansion of nuclear power in the United States.

(April 2006)
On the Road to Energy Independence: Controlling New Jersey's Runaway Energy Demand Through Energy Efficiency

Consumption of electricity and natural gas is projected to rise significantly in New Jersey in coming years, costing consumers money and resulting in increased pollution. On the Road to Energy Independence explains how energy efficiency measures such as improved building codes, additional appliance efficiency standards and expanded energy efficiency programs could reduce energy consumption in New Jersey at a net financial gain to consumers.

(January 2006)
Consolidation of Power: How Exelon's Bid to Acquire PSEG Could Raise Rates, Reduce Reliability, and Risk Public Safety

In December 2004, Chicago-based Exelon Corporation announced plans to acquire Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG), the last remaining New Jersey-based energy company that hasn’t been taken over by a large out-of-state corporation. Consolidation of Power analyzes the risks this deal poses to consumers in New Jersey’s deregulated electricity market—who depend upon vigorous competition between energy suppliers to get a fair deal for reliable service.

(November 2005)
Ready to Roll: The Benefits of Today's Advanced Technology Vehicles for Oregon

Despite tighter automobile emission standards over the past three decades, many states continue to face significant automobile-related air pollution problems. Ready to Roll: The Benefits of Today’s Advanced-Technology Vehicles for Oregon outlines how the use of advanced-technology vehicles—those that use cleaner, alternative fuels or new technological advances to achieve dramatically improved environmental performance—could alleviate air pollution problems while reducing global warming emissions and enhancing the state’s energy security. The report also documents that, although advanced technology vehicles are “ready to roll,” availability of these vehicles is limited in states that have not yet adopted the California Clean Car Standards.

(November 2005)
Consolidation of Power: How Exelon's Bid to Acquire PSEG Could Raise Rates, Reduce Reliability, and Risk Public Safety

In December 2004, Chicago-based Exelon Corporation announced plans to acquire Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG), the last remaining New Jersey-based energy company that hasn’t been taken over by a large out-of-state corporation. Consolidation of Power analyzes the risks this deal poses to consumers in New Jersey’s deregulated electricity market—who depend upon vigorous competition between energy suppliers to get a fair deal for reliable service.

(November 2005)
Energy Efficiency: The Smart Way to Reduce Global Warming Pollution in the Northeast

In 2005, Northeast states from Delaware to Maine worked on developing a regional system to limit global warming pollution from power plants, known as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). The main argument against an aggressive cap is that it will cost too much. However, as Energy Efficiency: The Smart Way to Reduce Global Warming Pollution in the Northeast highlights, a strategy that couples limits on carbon dioxide emissions with vigorous efficiency measures can reduce the cost of the program, enable greater emission reductions and boost the region’s economy.

(August 2005)
Making Sense of America's Oil Needs: A Sustainable, State-Based Response to Dwindling Oil Supplies

Rising oil prices are pinching the American economy. And, if many oil industry analysts are correct, prices won’t be coming back down any time soon. Indeed, it appears that the era of “cheap oil” may well be over. Making Sense of America’s Oil Needs examines the long-term oil supply challenges facing the United States and the world and makes the case for short-term, medium-term and long-term strategies to reduce dependence on oil through improved energy efficiency and greater use of renewable energy sources.

(August 2005)
Achieving a New Energy Future: How States Can Lead America to a Clean, Sustainable Economy

At the dawn of the 21st century, America faces immense energy challenges, and enjoys boundless opportunities. To properly address these challenges, America must transform how it produces and consumes energy. We must do it. And we can. Achieving a New Energy Future details the contributions energy efficiency and clean, renewable energy can make to an economically and environmentally sustainable energy future.

(August 2005)
More Heat than Light: Global Warming Pollution from the Northeast's Dirtiest Power Producers

Most global warming pollution from electricity generation in the Northeast comes from a handful of power plants, owned by a small number of companies. More Heat than Light identifies the worst polluting power plants and their owners—making the case that cleaning up these plants should be the first step to reduce global warming pollution from power generation.

(July 2005)
Bringing Solar to Scale: California's Opportunity to Create a Thriving, Self-Sustaining Residential Solar Market

Given its abundant sunshine, California has tremendous solar power potential. Increased reliance on solar power would reduce the state’s air pollution, decrease the need for expensive upgrades to electricity transmission and distribution systems, and protect California consumers from volatile electricity prices. Bringing Solar to Scale: California’s Opportunity to Create a Thriving, Self-Sustaining Residential Solar Market, illustrates that government programs—designed to promote long-term market development through financial incentives and new construction design policies – can lead to increased demand, lowered prices, and ultimately a robust, self-sufficient solar market in which government incentives are no longer necessary.

(April 2005)
Renewing Arizona's Economy: The Clean Energy Path to Jobs and Economic Growth

Investing in a clean, renewable energy supply for Arizona would generate thousands of new high-paying jobs, boost Arizona’s economy, conserve scarce water supplies, reduce pollution and improve public health. Renewing Arizona’s Economy quantifies the benefits of an accelerated renewable energy standard for the state.

(April 2005)
Ready to Roll: The Benefits of Today's Advanced Technology Vehicles for Maine

Despite tighter automobile emission standards over the past three decades, many states continue to face significant automobile-related air pollution problems. Ready to Roll: The Benefits of Today’s Advanced-Technology Vehicles for Maine outlines how the use of advanced-technology vehicles—those that use cleaner, alternative fuels or new technological advances to achieve dramatically improved environmental performance—could alleviate air pollution problems while reducing global warming emissions and enhancing the state’s energy security. The report also documents that, although advanced technology vehicles are “ready to roll,” availability of these vehicles is limited in states that have not yet adopted the California Clean Car Standards.

(March 2005)

The bulk of the electricity consumed in New Jersey is generated by coal-fired and nuclear power plants, which generate global warming pollution and radioactive waste. Generating power by using fossil fuels or nuclear power imposes unbearable costs on our environment, our health, and our economy. The Environmental Case for Wind Power in New Jersey argues that instead of increasing our dependence on dangerous, polluting power sources, New Jersey should tap into clean, sustainable energy resources such as wind power.

(March 2005)
The Economics of Solar Homes in California: How Residential Photovoltaic Incentives Can Pay Off for Homeowners and the Public

Developing clean, abundant solar power resources in California can benefit all those who live and work in the state—reducing air pollution, protecting consumers from volatile electricity prices, and reducing the need for expensive upgrades to electric transmission and distribution systems. The Economics of Solar Homes in California shows that residents of nine of California’s fastest-growing municipalities (in 2003-2004) could save money on their electricity bills by installing solar panels on new homes—provided that the state steps up to the plate with a substantial and long-term commitment to promote solar power.

(December 2004)
A Briefing Guide to Initiative 297: Protecting Washington from Nuclear Waste at Hanford

The Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeastern Washington is one of the most contaminated nuclear waste sites in the world. Containing the threat to public health and the environment from the Hanford Site will be a daunting and time consuming task, but a vitally necessary one. Unfortunately, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is advancing a new cleanup plan that will undermine progress and leave Washington at risk. To ensure that DOE lives up to its commitment to clean up the Hanford Site, citizens have banded together to put forward Initiative 297 for voter approval. This report summarizes the major issues behind Initiative 297 and the role it will play in holding the DOE to a higher standard.

(October 2004)

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