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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

  • Xcel Proposes Yet Another Rate Hike

    Xcel Proposes Yet Another Rate Hike

    • December 2, 2022

    Colorado’s largest utility is back before the PUC requesting another rate increase, this time a $312.2 million bump in electric rates. The request is just the latest to arrive in 2022, a year that has come to represent a cost-hike bonanza for the energy monopoly. The PUC already approved a $182.2 million electric rate hike

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  • As Wind Turbines Falter, Gas Saves the Day in the U.K.

    As Wind Turbines Falter, Gas Saves the Day in the U.K.

    • November 28, 2022

    Renewables advocates are constantly downplaying the risks associated with intermittency. When the wind isn’t blowing, or the sun isn’t shining, we’re assured that batteries and electricity imports from neighboring jurisdictions can fill in the gaps. The problem, of course, is that current viable battery technology is only capable of storing power in 4-hour intervals, and

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  • Governor Polis Again Downplays Nuclear Energy…But with a Catch

    Governor Polis Again Downplays Nuclear Energy…But with a Catch

    • November 18, 2022

    Colorado’s Governor may not be a huge proponent of nuclear energy, but he at least isn’t ruling it out either. Fresh off his resounding reelection victory earlier this month, Governor Jared Polis took to the national stage with an appearance on the popular HBO political talk show “Real Time with Bill Maher” last week. During

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  • Even Legacy Environmentalists Have Come Around on Advanced Nuclear Power

    Even Legacy Environmentalists Have Come Around on Advanced Nuclear Power

    • November 15, 2022

    It’s unmistakable that there’s been a sea-change around popular support for nuclear energy. A confluence of factors, including the ongoing need to confront climate change, turmoil in global oil and gas supplies due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and persisting electric grid instability in states like California and Texas have drawn the public’s focus

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  • Citing Climate Concerns, Louisville Moves to Ban New Gas Stations with ‘Emergency Ordinance’

    Citing Climate Concerns, Louisville Moves to Ban New Gas Stations with ‘Emergency Ordinance’

    • November 8, 2022

    If government officials can’t force you to purchase an electric vehicle, it appears they’ll simply ban your ability to fuel your internal combustion engine car. At least, that seems to be the tactic taken by the town of Louisville. Last Tuesday, with little fanfare or media coverage, the town council voted 5-2 on an emergency ordinance to

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  • Xcel Gives Up Plan to Expand Hydropower in Colorado

    Xcel Gives Up Plan to Expand Hydropower in Colorado

    • November 2, 2022

    Pumped-storage hydropower won’t be the answer to Xcel’s need for dispatchable zero-carbon energy. At least not for now. According to the Colorado Sun: Xcel Energy has killed its plan to build a hydropower project in Unaweep Canyon.   The utility on Wednesday morning told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that it was withdrawing its application for a

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