Policymakers at the federal and state levels of government are debating actions to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and dependence on oil as an energy source. Renewable energy requirements are frequently proposed to address these concerns, and are currently in place, in various forms, at the federal and state levels of government. These policies specify that a certain portion of the energy supply come from renewable energy sources. This dissertation focuses on a specific proposal, known as 25 x 25, which requires 25% of electricity and motor vehicle transportation fuels supplied to U.S. consumers to come from renewable energy sources, such as wind power and ethanol, by 2025. This dissertation assesses the social welfare implications of a 25 x 25 policy and applies new methods of uncertainty analysis to multiple policy options that decisionmakers can use to implement the policy.
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Effects Of 25% Requirement Under Initial Strategy
Finding More Robust Strategies