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.