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Germany’s Green Energy Failure Analysis Wind

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WASHINGTON – The Institute for Energy Research today released the first entry in a new series of case studies on Europe’s green energy programs. For years, some policymakers have pointed to Europe as an exemplar of good energy policy, arguing that the U.S. should subsidize renewables through programs like the wind production tax credit or green energy mandates. Now that Europe’s green energy policies have been in place for years, …

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STUDY: Majority of States Losing Millions to Big Wind Press Releases

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WASHINGTON — In a study released today assessing the distributional impacts of federal wind subsidies, analysts from the Institute for Energy Research found that 30 states and the District of Columbia are marking up net losses to fund the wind Production Tax Credit (PTC) and pour millions of their taxpayer dollars into the pockets of wind producers. In fact, producers in the top ten “taking” states received more than 72 …

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The Biofuel Mandate and EPA’s Costly Tall Tale Biofuel

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The Energy Policy Act of 2005 requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to set mandatory levels of cellulosic biofuel for refiners to blend into transportation fuels.  In order to restrain EPA, the law requires that the mandate be based on an estimate from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) as to how much cellulosic biofuel would be produced in the given year.

In 2010 and 2011, EPA mandated refiners to blend …

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