Green Energy Poverty: Are Low Income Americans Impoverished by Alternative Energy?

According to a 2009 study by the National Bureau of Economic Research, the tax burden of green policies would be three times more expensive for low income households than for middle income ones. This reflects the reality that higher electricity prices raise the prices of many other goods and services. Consumers end up paying for more expensive electricity in the form of higher prices.......

On the whole, green energy is more expensive than electricity generated through fossil fuels and legislation mandated increased use of wind and solar only exacerbates green energy poverty.

The high costs of green energy are most evident in areas which used legislation to force expensive green energy on consumers. In Britain, customers saw a 15 percent hike in electricity rates this spring. The utility company, Npower, blamed the increase on green energy mandates and renewables obligations. (Britain has set a goal of getting 15 percent of its electricity from renewable ... by 2020. Despite the costs to consumers and industry, it is not presently on track to meet the goal.) In California, where state law requires increased use of renewable energy sources, electricity rates are 40 percent higher than the national average.

A report from the Manhattan Institute went as far as to call California’s green energy policies “a regressive energy tax,” with proportionately higher costs in counties with lower incomes, but higher summer electricity consumption.........In some parts of the country, low income families spend half of their income on energy. This is the case for much of Maine and the Dakotas.

http://www.insidesources.com/green-energy-poverty/

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Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."

https://pinetreewatch.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/

 

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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT

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(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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