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Solar Energy Property Taxation

June 30, 2021
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Eli Gold, advised by Sarah Mills
In this memo, we examine the existing ways states have crafted legislation on property taxes for utility-scale solar developments and find two main categories of existing legislation—”exemption or abatement,” and “exemption and replacement.” We...
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Inventory of State Wind Property Tax Treatments

June 23, 2021
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Emma Uebelhor, Olivia Hintz, & Eli Gold
This study inventories the current property tax treatments for utility-scale wind developments across all 50 states. This inventory was created entirely with publicly available information from a variety of web-based sources and is accurate as of...
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Inventory of State Solar Property Tax Treatments

June 10, 2021
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Olivia Hintz, Emma Uebelhor, & Eli Gold
As solar development increases, states face new challenges in regulating and taxing solar facilities. To better understand an important piece of the current regulatory landscape for solar, this study inventories property tax treatment for...
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Solar Siting Authority Across the United States

February 18, 2021
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Elena Essa, Kristina Curtiss, Claire Dodinval
This report aims to understand the policy and regulatory landscape surrounding solar siting in the United States in the past, present and looking towards the future. The scope of this analysis includes siting for photovoltaic (PV) solar projects at...
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Electric Transmission Policy in the United States

December 31, 2020
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Eli Goldfarb*, Iqra Nasir*, Amanda Spinner*
This research paper outlines the prevailing narratives, discussion, and news coverage at the state and local level around investment in transmission, provides a review of the regional and federal policy and history of transmission systems, and...
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Utility Scale Renewable Energy Policy Landscape in New Mexico

December 31, 2020
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Amanda Farthing*, Matilda Kreider*, Bhavesh Rathod*, University of Michigan
In wind and solar resource potential, New Mexico is among the most endowed of the 50 states. While the state’s electricity sector has historically been dominated by coal, the passage of New Mexico’s first Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) in 2000,...
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Renewable Energy Policy in New York

August 18, 2020
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Samantha VanDyke*, University of Michigan
New York (NY) is located in the northeastern part of the United States (U.S.) and is home to the largest U.S. city. It is the 4th most populous state and also has the 3rd biggest economy in the U.S. New Yorkers consume less total energy per capita...
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Renewable Energy Policy in Texas

May 8, 2020
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Christopher Bowman*, Guy Packard*, Zach Pritchard*, University of Michigan
Despite voting Republican in every presidential election since Reagan, Texas was one of the first states to adopt a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) and is now ranked third nationally in production of renewable energy, beaten only by California...
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Renewable Energy in the Cowboy State

January 1, 2020
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Kseniya Husak*, Jackie Wrage*, Malika Begum*, University of Michigan
The cowboy state of Wyoming more than lives up to its reputation as a rugged, big, beautiful place. Between Yosemite in the West and vast prairies in the East, stupendous mineral deposits and an undeniable presence of grit as well as independence,...
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Oregon: Landscape of Renewable Energy Policy

January 1, 2020
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Emily Blackmer*, Katherine Cunningham*, Zoe Fullem*, University of Michigan
With valuable wind and solar energy resources, a history of ranking in the top states for hydroelectric power, and a governor focused on climate change action, Oregon is poised to continue to be a leader in renewable deployment. The current state of...
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Renewable Energy Policy in Minnesota

January 1, 2020
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Sharon Hu*, Sacha-Rose Phillips*, Samantha VanDyke*, University of Michigan
Minnesota is forward-thinking when it comes to renewable energy policy. The state boasts a decently aggressive renewable portfolio standard (RPS) and has democratic leadership that is leading Minnesota to a clean energy future. Robust policies are...
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Renewable Energy in Iowa

January 1, 2020
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Austin Glass*, Karl Hoesch*, Nocona Sanders*, University of Michigan
Iowa is located in both the geographic center of the United States and at center stage for the nation’s energy transition from fossil fuels to renewables. For the last three decades, Iowa has been a national leader in wind energy despite relatively...
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California: Landscape of Renewable Energy Policy

January 1, 2020
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Molly Blondell*, Akshat Kasliwal*, Doug Noe*, Owen Watson*, University of Michigan
Californians have a strong history of environmentalism and progressive energy policies, dating back to the days of the gold rush. Some have posited that Californians care so much about the environment because they have had so much to lose from its...

Taxing Flaring and the Politics of State Methane Policy

September 1, 2019
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Barry Rabe, Claire Kaliban, Isabel Engelhart
This brief explores whether states with regulatory authority over oil and gas production include methane within their own established severance tax regimes. It acknowledges minimal published scholarship on this issue, aside from general discussion...

The Taxation of Wind Energy

September 1, 2019
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Stephanie Leiser
The generation of energy from wind turbines is becoming increasingly common as utilities and consumers seek to integrate alternative energy sources into power grids. However, the complex economic aspects of wind energy, such as up-front capital...

State and Local Energy Justice Programs

September 1, 2019
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Sanya Carley, Caroline Engle, David Konisky, Savannah Sullivan
This policy brief introduces an inventory of 185 energy justice programs, policies, or organizations at the national, state, and local level in the United States. We identified these programs through an extensive search of social media,...
Energy and environment

Renewable Energy Policy Initiative (REPI)

October 2018
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Sarah Mills
The Renewable Energy Policy Initiative (REPI) conducts, supports, and disseminates high-quality applied academic research on state and local policies impacting the deployment of renewable energy in the American federal system that informs both scholarship and the policy process....