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    Americans Are Willing to Pay More for Clean Energy

    SARAH LASKOW

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    May 14, 2012

    Opponents of renewable energy often attack solar and wind power for being more expensive, believing that coal and natural gas are simply too cheap not to burn. But a new study shows that not only do most Americans support clean energy, they’re willing to pay $162 more each year in electricity bills if it means more of the country’s power comes from wind and solar power plants.

    READ MORE: http://www.good.is/post/americans-are-willing-to-pay-more-for-clean-energy/

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    mrpoppinzs
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    They would be paying more than that if you figure in costs to businesses and industry.

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    rus
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    mrpoppinzs said:
    They would be paying more than that if you figure in costs to businesses and industry.

    No kidding.

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    gramarye
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    News said:
    Americans Are Willing to Pay More for Clean Energy
    SARAH LASKOW
    Reporter
    May 14, 2012

    Opponents of renewable energy often attack solar and wind power for being more expensive, believing that coal and natural gas are simply too cheap not to burn. But a new study shows that not only do most Americans support clean energy, they’re willing to pay $162 more each year in electricity bills if it means more of the country’s power comes from wind and solar power plants.

    READ MORE: http://www.good.is/post/americans-are-willing-to-pay-more-for-clean-energy/

    Also from the article:

    Kotchen and his colleagues weren’t only interested in the average American, though. They were interested in whether Congress would pass legislation putting in place this kind of standard. And so they used at a technique common in political science and economics to predict how legislators will vote on a policy. They looked at the median voter in each state and district; if that median voter was more likely to support a policy than not, the researchers assumed that the representative or senator would vote for the policy. Using that model, they found that, in this Congress, a clean energy standard that raised electricity costs $162 a year would not pass. To pass at all, they found, the standard would have to cost the average household much less. To pass the Senate, it could only add $59 to annual electricity costs. To pass the House, it could only add $48.

    The article writes the disparity between this and the $162 “average” off as Republican resistance, but I’m guessing that Democrats representing more blue-collar districts would be similarly resistant. The median voter metric is a good one, but reading a partisan message into it isn’t necessarily productive. If anything, it may be much more useful in predicting where legislators will deviate from their party line: If the party line is X but the median voter in the legislator’s district says Y, and there is a lot of daylight between X and Y, the legislator may not follow the party line on that one. If the two are pretty close together, of course, the legislator has correspondingly greater latitude to vote the party line.

    What this pattern of a high national average but low district-by-district median suggests to me is that there are some districts (stereotyping, but I’m guessing the wealthy blue-state coastal enclaves) where the average is significantly higher, i.e., where respondents would be willing to see significant increases in energy prices to switch to renewables (at least in theory). Those are balanced out by resistance in Appalachia, the South, the heartland, and the Rockies.

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    Modern Energy Making Central Ohio Homes & Businesses More Energy Efficient
    BUSINESS PROFILES — BY SUSAN POST ON MAY 6, 2015 AT 8:00 AM

    Every home or business probably wouldn’t mind saving some money on their utility bills. New startup Modern Energy is bringing a bevy of services that can help homes and businesses (even in urban areas) become more energy efficient.

    READ MORE: http://www.themetropreneur.com/columbus/modern-energy-making-central-ohio-homes-businesses-more-energy-efficient/

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