Renewable Energy Subsidies

By Susan Marriott

The U.S. Senate’s recent vote to repeal $5.4 billion worth of ethanol subsidies indicates an uncertain future for many renewable energy incentives.  In fact, the current climate in Congress appears generally hostile towards subsidies for any energy sector, with Democrats calling on Republicans to cut oil and gas subsidies and Republicans calling for the elimination of renewable energy subsidies.  With renewable energy subsidies on the table as part of ongoing deficit-reduction negotiations, Congress will need to consider other policy options and tools if, after losing significant subsidy support, renewable energy is going to be able to compete economically with fossil fuels.
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