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Clean-energy policies and electricity sector carbon emissions in the U.S. states

Hongtao Yi

Utilities Policy, 2015, vol. 34, issue C, 19-29

Abstract: State governments in the United States have enacted various clean-energy policies to decarbonize electric utilities, diversify energy supplies, and stimulate economic development. With a panel data set for 48 continental states from 1990 to 2008, fixed-effect panel regressions are estimated to test the impacts of clean-energy policies on total carbon emissions, electricity consumption, and carbon intensity. The results indicate that supply-side policy tools, such as RPS and EERS, are negatively correlated with carbon intensity in the electricity sector. More aggressive policies are needed to reduce total carbon emissions.

Keywords: Electric utilities; Carbon intensity; Emissions; Clean energy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jup.2015.04.001

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