Renewable Electricity Generation
Economic Analysis and Outlook

  • Title:

    Renewable Electricity Generation
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    HardCover
  • Hardcover Price:

    20.00
  • Hardcover ISBN:

    978-0-8447-7221-9
  • Hardcover Dimensions:

    6" x 9"
  • 80 Hardcover pages
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What is the outlook for renewable energy in electricity generation--particularly wind and solar power--as a substitute for such conventional fuels as coal and natural gas? Economist Benjamin Zycher evaluates the central arguments in favor of policies that would expand the use of renewables and concludes that all are deeply problematic. "Renewable" energy sources are far costlier than conventional fuels; and they create their own set of serious problems. The popular argument that increased use of renewables will create "green jobs" is likewise a fallacy: Such employment would be an economic drag, and because wind and solar power are costly and inefficient, the net economic impact is a negative one. Resource uses emerging from market competition are the best guides to effective, sustainable energy policies.

Benjamin Zycher is a visiting scholar at AEI.

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Benjamin
Zycher
  • Benjamin Zycher is the John G. Searle Chair and a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he works on energy and environmental policy. He is also a senior fellow at the Pacific Research Institute.

    Before joining AEI, Zycher conducted a broad research program in his public policy research firm, and was an intelligence community associate of the Office of Economic Analysis, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, US Department of State.  He is a former senior economist at the RAND Corporation, a former adjunct professor of economics at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and at the California State University Channel Islands, and is a former senior economist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology.  He served as a senior staff economist for the President's Council of Economic Advisers, with responsibility for energy and environmental policy issues.

    Zycher has a doctorate in economics from UCLA, a Master in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from UCLA.

  • Email: benjamin.zycher@aei.org
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