by Paul Chesser, Executive Director
For a long time, free-market organizations have argued that “renewable-energy standards” (RES) – those mandates that force electricity customers (almost everyone) to pay higher prices for the privilege of having wind- or solar-generated power – are uneconomical and accomplish no worthwhile public-policy goals.
Now we will prove they are illegal, too.
This week our organization, American Tradition Institute, filed a complaint in a U.S. district court that contends Colorado’s RES should be declared unconstitutional because they violate the Commerce Clause, which grants only Congress the authority to regulate interstate trade. Because the Evergreen State imposed burdens on the distribution of power, we maintain that is an improper regulation of interstate trade by the state.