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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 Cost & Impact of a 100 Percent Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard for the State of Colorado

    The Cost & Impact of a 100 Percent Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard for the State of Colorado

    • December 13, 2017

    As the 2018 Colorado governor’s race intensifies, two Democrat candidates have proposed extending Colorado’s existing Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (RPS) from 30 percent by 2020 to 100 percent by 2040. The purpose of this study is to highlight some of the main costs and impacts associated with a hypothetical 100 percent RPS in Colorado. Because few details have been released regarding the design of such a policy, this study evaluated the costs associated with two very different 100 percent RPS scenarios.

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  • Capitulation or deliberation? CSU shouldn’t rush into early closure of Martin Drake Power Plant

    Capitulation or deliberation? CSU shouldn’t rush into early closure of Martin Drake Power Plant

    • December 6, 2017

    If the Board of the Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) doesn’t even know the per-kilowatt-hour cost for the municipal utility’s Martin Drake Power Plant – the power plant it is charged with overseeing – then the Board has no business making financial decisions that will dramatically impact the lives of every CSU ratepayer. Yet, that’s exactly

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  • Bears Ears: When local residents successfully fight feds, we all win

    Bears Ears: When local residents successfully fight feds, we all win

    • December 4, 2017

    President Trump and Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke have righted a wrong, marking a victory for local voices and fair and just government. After months of meeting and conferring with local residents, tribal leaders, and elected officials, the Trump administration reduced the size of the 1.35 million acre Bears Ears National Monument by 85 percent. As

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  • Retired KS lawmaker and geophysicist warns PUC against Xcel’s “inherently damaging” energy plan

    Retired KS lawmaker and geophysicist warns PUC against Xcel’s “inherently damaging” energy plan

    • November 29, 2017

    “Inherently damaging” is how former Kansas State Representative and Chairman of House Energy and Environment Committee Dennis Hedke (Republican) describes Xcel Energy’s “Colorado Energy Plan” in a letter to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and copied to the Colorado State Senate majority leadership and the Independence Institute. Hedke sent the letter certified mail and

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  • Public support for Xcel’s controversial plan? The rest of the story…

    Public support for Xcel’s controversial plan? The rest of the story…

    • November 28, 2017

    By Amy Oliver Cooke with contributor Tyson Thornburg A cursory review of the emails and letters sent to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) seems to indicate significant support for Xcel Energy’s costly and controversial Colorado Energy Plan. Our guess is that’s exactly what Xcel wants the media, the public, and the PUC to believe.

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  • Time to put our money where our heart is: NPS fee increase is necessary

    Time to put our money where our heart is: NPS fee increase is necessary

    • November 21, 2017

    By Amy Cooke with contributor Tyson Thornburg My love affair with Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) has been personal and life-changing. Since the park’s creation in 1915, RMNP has been the premier example of Colorado’s natural beauty. Who could blame me or anyone else for treasuring it? It was the Bicentennial, summer 1976. From my 13-year-old

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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


Michael_Sandoval_TNMichael Sandoval, Associate Policy Analyst
Email: Michael@i2i.org

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