Environmental benefits and the production tax credit for wind power

Michael Giberson Wind power has been subsidized by state and federal governments in the United States because it is seen as clean and renewable, and perhaps even because wind power is seen as glamorous. Consumers pay higher electric rates and taxpayers pay higher taxes to support these subsidies, and it is a quite reasonable public … More Environmental benefits and the production tax credit for wind power

Smart grid federal policy

Michael Giberson As Lynne just noted, this week Chicago is hosting GridEcon, a conference on smart grid economics. Meanwhile, in Washington, D.C., the agenda for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission meeting this week indicates that the Commission will be issuing a policy statement on smart grid policy. No preliminary statements have been made under the … More Smart grid federal policy