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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

  • Don’t be dull, embrace microgrids

    Don’t be dull, embrace microgrids

    • November 12, 2018

    By Casey Freeman   Xcel Energy and Black Hills Energy are Colorado’s two regulated electric monopolies. Xcel is the larger of the two and provides retail service to the greater Denver Metro Area, Greeley, and Grand Junction, while Black Hills services Pueblo and the surrounding area. These utilities operate in a regulated market with no

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  • The Colorado Energy Plan: A proposal that benefits all but the consumer

    The Colorado Energy Plan: A proposal that benefits all but the consumer

    • August 30, 2018

    Xcel Energy’s recently approved Colorado Energy Plan (CEP) is what the company refers to as its “Steel for Fuel” strategy. With a green light from Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC), the CEP is a giant capital investment program to shutter Comanche I and II generating units a decade ahead of schedule. The CEP will replace

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  • Club 20 and its due diligence

    Club 20 and its due diligence

    • August 23, 2018

    After a little due diligence, Club 20, the long-time “Voice of the Western Slope,” revised its position on Xcel Energy’s Colorado Energy Plan from “support” to “neutral” on Xcel Energy’s Colorado Energy Plan (CEP) according to a letter it sent to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission last November. Originally, the Western Slope’s premiere “coalition of counties, communities,

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  • Pueblo beware of Xcel’s promise of economic development

    Pueblo beware of Xcel’s promise of economic development

    • August 19, 2018

    Xcel Energy continues to make absurd claims about its Colorado Energy Plan Corporate Enrichment Plan (CEP). The Coalition and others have debunked the cost-savings scam, but what about the economic development claims? One of our favorites is that the CEP, which will destroy 80 to 90, maybe more, good-paying jobs in Pueblo, is good economics for

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  • Western Resource Advocates really corporate enablers at ratepayer expense

    Western Resource Advocates really corporate enablers at ratepayer expense

    • July 31, 2018

    Western Resource Advocates (WRA), the multi-state renewable energy advocacy group, also seems to be an advocacy group for electricity corporate oligarchies. Two weeks ago, in what looks to be Xcel Energy’s bidding, the group filed a motion to strike a huge portion of our expert witness Charles Griffey’s testimony that completely disproves WRA and Xcel’s claim

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  • Coloradans are taking on the state’s largest monopoly utility

    Coloradans are taking on the state’s largest monopoly utility

    • July 17, 2018

    Originally published on thehill.com Just because President Obama’s controversial and costly Clean Power Plan is dead at the federal level doesn’t mean Colorado ratepayers are out of financial danger. Nearly 1.4 million state electricity customers await a Colorado Public Utilities Commission (COPUC) decision on Xcel Energy’s legally tenuous Colorado Energy Plan (CEP). With COPUC approval, Xcel, the state’s largest

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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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