Should Tesla (And Other Auto Manufacturers) Be Able To Sell Cars Directly To Consumers?

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October 23, 2014 at 11:24 AM Filed Under: Critical Policy Issues, Discussions

4316901732_9eb83b87e1_zTesla will not be able to sell their electric cars directly to consumers in Michigan after Governor Rick Snyder signed bipartisan legislation on October 21st that clarifies existing state auto sales laws. Tesla has been fighting with numerous states to maintain their preferred, and successful, business model of selling vehicles directly to consumers, as opposed to the traditional method of selling to franchised dealerships that sell to consumers.

The Michigan legislation isn’t unique; forty-eight states have had laws in place for years that ban or limit direct sales of automobiles. In the early years of the auto industry, manufacturers needed … [read more]

A Look At State Energy Plans

Posted by Josh Campbell
Executive Director
Missouri Energy Initiative
October 14, 2014 at 7:00 AM Filed Under: Discussions, Studies and Papers

SEP pictureA State Energy Plan (SEP) is a comprehensive strategy that helps policymakers, state utility regulators, energy suppliers, and consumers strategically plan for a state’s energy future. The goal of an SEP is to act as a roadmap to improve energy affordability, security, and resilience, which in turn, will ultimately lead to a state’s prosperity. As of 2014, thirty-eight states and the District of Columbia have some form of energy planning document to guide statewide energy policy, with another five having begun the process. The Missouri Energy Initiative (MEI) conducted a detailed analysis of SEPs, leading to several conclusions:

  • SEPs have
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The State And Promise Of Energy Storage

Posted by Ken Dragoon
Managing Consultant
October 6, 2014 at 10:00 AM Filed Under: Discussions, Studies and Papers

battery-1821_640Energy storage has become one of the hottest topics in the electric power industry today as penetration levels of variable energy resources (e.g. wind, solar) rise rapidly. However, from the perspective of the electricity industry, analyzing energy storage can be dauntingly complex, and financial incentives are weakened by depressed electricity prices.

A recent study summarizing the state of energy storage, “Energy Storage and Opportunities: A West Coast Perspective White Paper,” offers the following conclusions:

  1. Complexities in calculating and realizing the value of energy storage provides multiple system benefits that are often not fully valued, partly because of the
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Fuel Choice for American Prosperity and Security Act

Posted by Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)
U.S. House of Representatives
October 1, 2014 at 7:09 AM Filed Under: Discussions, Legislation And Rule-Making

MW-AW207_oil_ge_20121113042558_MGAlong with my colleagues Reps. Tom Cole (R-OK) and Matt Salmon (R-AZ), I introduced the Fuel Choice for American Prosperity and Security Act (FCAPS, or H.R. 5107), a bill to promote fuel competition in our transportation sector. In particular, FCAPS aims to:

  1. Improve energy and national security by reducing the strategic importance of oil;
  2. Save consumers money at the pump by opening vehicles to fuel competition;
  3. Spur economic growth by allowing industry to capitalize on more of America’s natural resources; and
  4. Reduce the financial burden for automakers and consumers of meeting corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) regulations.

Opening cars to … [read more]

Plenty At Stake: Indicators of American Energy Insecurity

Posted by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R – Alaska)
United States Senator, State of Alaska
Ranking Member, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
September 25, 2014 at 7:05 AM Filed Under: Discussions, Legislation And Rule-Making

640px-Who_will_be_able_to_keep_the_lights_on?_(3049678841)As articulated in Energy 20/20, my blueprint for a new U.S. energy policy conversation, I believe there is a consensus that it is in our national interest to make energy abundant, affordable, clean, diverse and secure. In addressing these goals, too often affordability is ignored – despite the difficult choices increasing energy costs impose on Americans. In particular, low-income households are highly vulnerable to energy prices because energy bills make up a larger percentage of their living expenses. These families are energy insecure, defined as the inability to afford to maintain a home at … [read more]

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