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 Decade: 2000-2009
 Collection: Congressional Research Service Reports
Energy Tax Policy: An Economic Analysis

Energy Tax Policy: An Economic Analysis

Date: January 12, 2000
Creator: Lazzari, Salvatore
Description: The report provides background on the theory and application of tax policy as it relates to the energy sector, particularly with respect to the theory of market failure in the energy sector and the suggested policy remedies. This background provides a context for understanding how current or proposed energy tax policy may affect other policy objectives or be affected by such objectives.
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State-by-State Comparison of Selected Electricity Restructuring Provisions

State-by-State Comparison of Selected Electricity Restructuring Provisions

Date: January 13, 2000
Creator: Abel, Amy & Shimabukuro, Jon O
Description: None
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Electricity Restructuring and Tax-Exempt Bonds: Economic Analysis of Legislative Proposals

Electricity Restructuring and Tax-Exempt Bonds: Economic Analysis of Legislative Proposals

Date: January 20, 2000
Creator: Zimmerman, Dennis
Description: Tax-exempt bonds reduce public power's interest cost on debt and enable it to lower the price of electricity. This subsidy makes taxpayers better off only if the private market fails to provide the correct amount of electricity. In general, the private market can provide the correct amount of electricity; in those cases when it can not, the tax-exempt bond subsidy is unlikely to correct the problem. Tax-exempt bond legislation has been consistent with this perspective that an interest subsidy for electricity production does not correct a market failure; its focus has been to prohibit the spread of subsidized public power beyond its traditional service areas.
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Congress and the Fusion Energy Sciences Program: A Historical Analysis

Congress and the Fusion Energy Sciences Program: A Historical Analysis

Date: January 31, 2000
Creator: Rowberg, Richard E
Description: The U.S. government has been funding research into controlled thermonuclear fusion since 1951. Since 1957, when the program was declassified, a public record is available in the form of appropriations and authorization reports presenting congressional decisions about fusion research. This report analyzes that record in order to assess how the program may fare in the future. The program recently underwent a major restructuring at the direction of Congress, and is currently establishing plans about how to proceed toward the goal of developing a practical fusion powerplant. These plans are likely to be the subject of close congressional scrutiny during review of the FY2001 budget request from the Department of Energy
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Global Climate Change: The Role for Energy Efficiency

Global Climate Change: The Role for Energy Efficiency

Date: February 3, 2000
Creator: Sissine, Fred
Description: None
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Methane Hydrates: Energy Prospect or Natural Hazard?

Methane Hydrates: Energy Prospect or Natural Hazard?

Date: February 14, 2000
Creator: Mielke, James E
Description: None
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OPEC Oil Production - Facts and Figures

OPEC Oil Production - Facts and Figures

Date: March 8, 2000
Creator: Kumins, Lawrence C
Description: None
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Electricity Restructuring and the Constitutionality of Retail Reciprocity Requirements

Electricity Restructuring and the Constitutionality of Retail Reciprocity Requirements

Date: March 9, 2000
Creator: Shimabukuro, Jon O
Description: Retail reciprocity requirements have been included in the electricity restructuring legislation of at least four states. These requirements mandate generally that out-of-state utilities which operate in a state “closed” to retail competition cannot market power to retail consumers in the “open” state. Because state reciprocity requirements enacted without congressional authorization are probably unconstitutional under the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution, Congress would have to include a reciprocity provision in federal electricity restructuring legislation if it wants to support the view that such a provision will increase competition. This report reviews the treatment of state reciprocity requirements by the U.S. Supreme Court and discusses Congress’ power under the Commerce Clause.
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Fuel Ethanol: Background and Public Policy Issues

Fuel Ethanol: Background and Public Policy Issues

Date: March 22, 2000
Creator: Yacobucci, Brent D & Womach, Jasper
Description: None
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Advanced Vehicle Technologies: Energy, Environment, and Development Issues

Advanced Vehicle Technologies: Energy, Environment, and Development Issues

Date: March 27, 2000
Creator: Yacobucci, Brent D.
Description: This report provides an introduction to the research, development, and commercialization of alternative vehicle technologies, specifically electric vehicles, hybrid electric vehicles, and fuel cell vehicles. It provides a description of the technology, and discusses issues such as cost, maintenance and fueling infrastructure, and performance for each type of vehicle. The report also discusses current congressional action on issues affecting these vehicles, as well as actions by the Administration and state and local governments. It will be updated as events warrant.
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