Federalism in Renewable Energy Policy

Vol. 27 No. 1

Mr. Williamson and Mr. Sayer are assistant attorneys general in the Water & Natural Resources Division of the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office. The views expressed in this article are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office.

Responding to the desire for greater utilization of renewable domestic energy resources, state legislatures have implemented an array of policies encouraging the development of solar, wind, geothermal, and other renewable energy sources. Every state offers at least some form of policy incentive for renewable energy development, but the quantity and quality of the policy inducements available vary greatly across jurisdictions. At one end of the spectrum, California and Texas offer a plethora of incentives for an increasingly diverse range of renewable resources and utilization technologies. In contrast, states such as Oklahoma and Alabama have a paltry menu of incentives for developers of renewable energy resources.

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