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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

  • Community Choice Programs: The Future of Energy in Colorado?

    Community Choice Programs: The Future of Energy in Colorado?

    • March 10, 2020

    The purpose of this blog post is not to state the Independence Institute’s position on Community Choice Energy Programs (CCE). It is, however, written to help foster a better understanding of CCEs and Representative Hooton’s bill HB20-1064: “Public Utilities Commission Study of Community Choice Energy.” If the bill passes, it will not revolutionize the way

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  • Radical Reorganization of Colorado’s Electric Grid: The Cost of Keeping the Lights On

    Radical Reorganization of Colorado’s Electric Grid: The Cost of Keeping the Lights On

    • November 18, 2019

    IP-3-2019 (October 2019) Author: Grant Mandigora with contributors: David Wojick, Ph.D., Isaac Orr, Mitchell Rolling, and Brit Naas. DOWNLOAD REPORT (PDF) Executive Summary: Colorado Governor Jared Polis wants to see a renewable energy transition within the next 20 years and has cited future savings as evidence that it should be undertaken. However, he has also

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  • 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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  • My Climate Pledge: Strikers encouraged to take real action to reduce their own carbon footprint

    My Climate Pledge: Strikers encouraged to take real action to reduce their own carbon footprint

    • September 26, 2019

    The Coalition of Ratepayers and Independence Institute’s Energy and Environment Policy Center are partnering with My Climate Pledge, a project of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, to encourage Climate Strike participants to do more than just strike. They should actively demonstrate their commitment to our climate and do so every day. My Climate Pledge

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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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Contact

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

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