by Marty Irby
Surf KY News Group
WASHINGTON (7/24/14) — The Energy and Power Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), held a hearing on ‘Laboratories of Democracy: The Economic Impacts of State Energy Policies.’
The hearing examined the economic impacts from the differing energy policies of the various states, as well as how federal policies may impact states…
Tom Tanton, Director of Science and Technology Assessment at the Energy and Environment Legal Institute, noted the benefits of decentralized state energy policies, and explained how states can learn from others’ failures and successes. “Each state has different needs, opportunity and challenges, and may benefit from lessons learned in earlier attempts in other states (both positive and negative.) It is unlikely that what works efficiently or effectively in one state is ideal for another state,” said Tanton.