Widespread Public Support for Renewable Energy Mandates Despite Proposed Rollbacks

Issues in Energy and Environmental Policy, No. 22, June 2015

16 Pages Posted: 28 Aug 2015

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Sarah Mills

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy

Barry G. Rabe

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

Christopher P. Borick

Muhlenberg College

Date Written: June 30, 2015

Abstract

In light of recent attempts in many state legislatures to repeal or weaken renewable portfolio standards (RPSs) in the 28 states that have adopted them, the latest version of the National Surveys on Energy and Environment (NSEE) gauged public opinion on these state renewable energy requirements. The survey finds that a majority of Americans — of every race, income, level of education, religion, political party, and region of the country — support state renewables requirements. Most Americans would be willing to spend an extra $25 per year for more renewable energy — a number which exceeds the average $15 per year cost premium of current RPS programs. However, once the cost premium for an RPS rises to $50 per family per year, a majority of Americans say they would oppose an RPS. Further, though there is wide support for the idea of renewable energy requirements, few Americans know whether or not their state currently has an RPS in place.

Suggested Citation

Mills, Sarah and Rabe, Barry G. and Borick, Christopher P., Widespread Public Support for Renewable Energy Mandates Despite Proposed Rollbacks (June 30, 2015). Issues in Energy and Environmental Policy, No. 22, June 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2651900

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