Of the 50 states in the United States, 29 of them have state laws mandating renewable energy programs for local power generation plants. The trouble is, these alternative fuels are expensive. Natural gas costs have fallen by 70% since 2005. Fracking has made the difference. New supplies have lowered natural gas prices.
This means that the 29 states are prohibited from buying low-cost, clean-burning natural gas. This raises the cost of electricity.
In only 16 of these states have state legislators begun to discuss the possibility that these laws are economically foolish. Not one state has repealed these laws. The boondoggles of solar power, wind power, and other high-cost power generation continue.
The result is higher prices for electricity. The public pays because it has no alternative. There is only one power company allowed by law in local communities.
The laws mandating renewable energy were passed because the power companies would have continued to buy coal, natural gas, or oil to generate power. They would also have bought nuclear energy, but the red tape imposed by the greens makes this cost-prohibitive.
The free market is not allowed to work in the power generation industry in 29 states. The legislators are unwilling to acknowledge that cost-reduction should be a valid consideration in the generation of electricity. The politicians think it is better to gouge consumers in the name of energy sources that cannot compete in an open market.