Center For Energy & Environmental Policy


Center For Energy & Environmental Policy

 
Delaware government policies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by mandating the use of premium-priced, unreliable wind and solar power have clearly led to non-competitive electricity prices in the state. These unnecessarily higher electricity prices hurt the poor through high monthly electricity bills and the loss of thousands of high-paying blue-collar jobs. High electricity rates are one of the main reasons new companies decide not to locate in Delaware.
 
There are several projects important to the free market and Center-Right movements that have been top priority, high visibility CRI initiatives for several years. They include the ongoing fights against offshore wind turbines, Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiatives (RGGI), and the Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI). In addition, the Center will also continue in coming years to push back against regressive policies that have done virtually nothing to reduce CO2 emissions. CRI will do this by:
 
  • Establishing CRI as a leading source of sound energy and environmental policy information in Delaware and nationally, capitalizing on the Center’s reputation for credibility and effectiveness. ??
 
  • Moving Delaware government at all levels to adopt sound energy and environmental policies that balance environmental concerns with cost and reliability, thus boosting conservation and the economy.
 

In 2014, for the first time, Delaware met all Air Quality Standards for every measured pollutant. That is an “A” in my book! Yet the American Lung Association (ALA) just released a report giving Delaware an “F” grade for air quality. How could that be?   Start by fol...

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The EPA altered regulations to switch to a new class of refrigerants that supposedly reduces global warming.  The reality is by 2100 the change will reduce forecasted temperature by 0.001 degree C, but will cost billions, add up to $70 to every new automobile, and increase flammability.  R...

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            As the surcharge for the 30 megawatt Bloom Project with Delmarva Power kicks in at over three times the expected cost to consumers questions persist about how this project got through the system. It is really a story of how rule...

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Products made in the EVRAZ Claymont, Delaware, steel mill are less profitable than two other manufacturing facilities in Portland, Oregon, and Regina, Saskatchewan.    As prices and volume slipped from foreign competition it was an obvious choice to close the Claymont facility. W...

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*as first published in the News Journal Dec. 16, 2013   Upwind power plants are not causing significant pollution in Delaware or in other mid-Atlantic and Northeast states as is commonly believed. For the first time, Delaware will meet all air-quality standards this year. It is time to ce...

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Originally published December 8, 2015, at delawareonline.com and December 9 in The News Journal.   The Indian River Power Plant in Millsboro is in the cross hairs for closure. NRG Corporation invested $360 million in air pollution control technology a few years ago and it is now tie...

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The primary purpose of the Caesar Rodney Institute is to improve Delaware’s economy through state policy reform. We expect this effort to lead to more and better jobs. For some of our citizens, work is not a possibility and they need assistance to get by.  Recently we helped create a new ...

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