A Breakdown of the Country’s Energy Prices: Joe Trotter on ALEC Breakdown

This is the third edition breaking down everything that is happening in the states in terms of energy.

Joe Trotter, ALEC Energy, Environment, and Agriculture Task Force Director, sat down with Lars Dalseide, ALEC Director of Policy Advancement and Media Relations, talking about the 3rd edition of the Energy Affordability Report and providing analysis for energy prices across the country.

This is the third edition, which relates to previous editions, and it’s got three chapters, breaking down everything that is happening in the states in terms of energy. Chapter one focuses specifically on electricity prices. It takes a look at you know how much it’s going to cost to go ahead and power your home or charge your car or whatever else that is connected to the grid. Also, it takes a look at the various government mandates, policies, and everything else in addition to the prices to see what works and what doesn’t for keeping prices.

For states with high energy prices, Trotter talks on the policies that cause these high prices and how legislators have the ability to make changes.

Those states have high mandates for renewable portfolio standards. They have state mandated net metering, and pretty much all of them are involved in some way shape or form on a carbon tax. The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative in the Northeast states; California also has their own credit system. That just makes the cost of energy skyrocket. Those are all things that state legislators could go ahead and deal with in aiding their constituents.

For states with low energy prices, Trotter highlighted the measures taken by states that maintain energy affordability for taxpayers and how they serve as an example for the other states.

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