A race to renew : explaining the rise of renewable portfolio standards in the American states

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dc.contributor.advisor Taylor, Charles D. (Professor of Political Science)
dc.contributor.author Blevins, Todd C.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-05-11T16:07:31Z
dc.date.available 2016-05-11T16:07:31Z
dc.date.issued 2016-05-07
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/123456789/200244
dc.description.abstract With the U.S. federal government having yet to pass significant renewable energy legislation in the face of growing climate change concerns, it has been left to the states to encourage renewable energy expansion through renewable portfolio standards (RPS) and other means. Renewable portfolio standards are designed to guarantee that a certain percentage of a state’s total energy output comes from renewable energy sources. As of 2016, 30 states have a RPS. This paper explores the causes behind state adoption of RPS by conducting a multivariate analysis of social factors such as education level, political factors such as Democratic control of the state legislature, economic factors such as unemployment rate and diffusive determinants. The results of this analysis are applied to contribute to a greater understanding of issues surrounding renewable energy policy adoption at the state level. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Political Science
dc.subject.lcsh Renewable energy sources -- Government policy -- United States -- States.
dc.subject.lcsh Energy policy -- United States -- States.
dc.title A race to renew : explaining the rise of renewable portfolio standards in the American states en_US
dc.type Research paper (M.P.A.), 3 hours.
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.P.A.) en_US
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1823456


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