30 Sep '11, 1pm

Trade Barriers Dim Renewable Energy's Prospects

Partly to avoid problems with the Constitution's commerce clause in relation to interstate transactions, other U.S. states are less obviously protectionist but nevertheless still require a degree of local production. Some states such as Colorado and Missouri apply a 1.25 multiplier to renewable energy certificates produced from in-state resources. The theory is that bringing in large-scale renewable energy imports before local development has a chance to get going could kill nascent local renewables industries. The good news for free-marketeers is that not every state has jumped on the protectionist bandwagon. Indeed, California has taken a strong stance against it, with former state governor Arnold Schwarzenegger welcoming clean energy from other states in order to keep electricity prices low. "I am totally against protectionist policies because it never works," Schwarzen...

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