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Energy and Environmental Policy (E2P) at the Independence Institute

By all measures, life is better. Because of our ability to safely, responsibly and efficiently develop natural resources, our standard of living is up, life expectancy is up, and our environment is cleaner. Individuals prosper while also enjoying a healthy planet. If we create an atmosphere where human potential flourishes and we dare to imagine, then everyone can reap the benefits of affordable, reliable, abundant, and safe power and revel in the beauty of a thriving environment.

Our Vision

Access to affordable, reliable, abundant, safe energy and a clean environment are not mutually exclusive. At E2P we envision a Colorado where every person is in control of his or her own energy and environmental destiny. Private property owners are in the best position to protect their land and environment, and the choice of energy resources and how they are utilized should come from the demands of an innovative and free market.

What is the role of government? To remain neutral, let markets work, let individuals innovate, limit regulations, and refrain from picking winners and losers.

Our Principles

  • People first
  • Celebrate prosperity
  • Innovation over regulation
  • Commonsense conservation
  • Primacy of private property rights
  • Results over rhetoric
  • Reject cynicism

 

Free Market Energy and Environmental Policy

  • Embraces our entrepreneurial spirit and optimism that we can have affordable power, responsible domestic energy development, and a clean environment.
  • Puts individuals in the driver’s seat and allows them to control their own energy future.
  • Lets the choice of energy resources come from the demands of the free market, and not from the preferences of policymakers, lobbyists, or special interest groups.
  • Champions private property rights.
  • Challenges the 80-year-old, monopoly utility model of electricity generation and distribution.
  • Puts states ahead of Washington, D.C.
  • Encourages limited and consistent regulations.
  • Rejects taxpayer funded subsidies.
  • Doesn’t pick winners and losers.
  • Welcomes transparency.

 

Latest Posts

  • The Coalition of Ratepayers Case Study

    The Coalition of Ratepayers Case Study

    • November 4, 2019

    The Coalition of Ratepayers is a Colorado non-profit composed of small businesses and individuals. It has been an active party in two electric utility regulatory proceedings: the Rush Creek Wind Farm and the Colorado Energy Plan (CEP). The Coalition first intervened against the Rush Creek Wind Farm, and although the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved

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  • Woodstock for Microgrid and Energy Geeks

    Woodstock for Microgrid and Energy Geeks

    • October 15, 2019

    Save the Date!  Join us for the first ever Colorado Microgrid Summit on Friday, November 8th! We don’t want to be like California. Really. We don’t. The stories and headlines coming out of Golden State are frightening after the nation’s biggest utility Pacific Gas & Electric cut off power to more than a million people

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  • Conclusion: Reflection and New Hope for 2020

    Conclusion: Reflection and New Hope for 2020

    • September 6, 2019

    Conclusion of our series on the Colorado Green New Deal As the summer ends, it’s time to wrap up our series on the Colorado Green New Deal (CGND). Democrats in the house, senate, and governor’s office have been dedicated to moving the state toward what the Polis Administration describes as a “clean energy future.” This

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  • Microgrids: save the date for disruptive technology

    Microgrids: save the date for disruptive technology

    • August 29, 2019

    Autonomy, reliable electricity, and a business structure that renders the century old electric monopoly utility model obsolete. Wholesale adoption of microgrids hasn’t have arrived yet, but make no mistake, it’s on the way. Microgrids are like “uber for energy.” People will have the ability to choose what resource powers their home and may even have

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  • Housing Data Vindicates Extraction Companies

    Housing Data Vindicates Extraction Companies

    • August 16, 2019

    By: Tegan Truitt Sixth blog in our series on the Colorado Green New Deal In Colorado, the number of natural gas wells tripled from about 17,000 in 2004 to around 40,000 by the end of 2017. Crude oil production also spiked in the same time frame, increasing from a meager 114,000 barrels in 2004 to

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  • Unjust Transition: The Flawed Moral Reasoning of House Bill 1314

    Unjust Transition: The Flawed Moral Reasoning of House Bill 1314

    • July 8, 2019

    By: Tegan Truitt Fifth blog in our series on the Colorado Green New Deal Last legislative session, the Democrats introduced a series of sweeping environmental bills we are labelling collectively the Colorado Green New Deal (GND). Just like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s infamous proposal, the legislation is haphazard, piecemeal, and riddled with flaws that are as sweeping

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Contact

Amy_Oliver_Cooke_TNAmy Oliver Cooke, Executive VP and Director, Energy Policy Center
Email: Amy@i2i.org
Phone: 303-279-6536, ext 107


Brit Naas, Future Leaders Program/Associate Analyst, Energy and Environmental Policy Center
Email: Brit@i2i.org

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