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Renewable Energy Electricity Generation in Arizona: What, Why, and Maybe How: Working Paper Series--02-35

Ratliff, Nicholas and Smith, Dean Howard (2002) Renewable Energy Electricity Generation in Arizona: What, Why, and Maybe How: Working Paper Series--02-35. Working Paper. NAU W.A. Franke College of Business.


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Traditional fossil fuel production of electricity has serious externality issues that influence air quality, public health and viewscapes. In order to limit these influences, public policy aims at increasing the production of electricity using renewable fuels. For a variety of reasons, including market cost barriers, antiquated government policy and the overall lack of knowledge by energy consumers, renewable energy has had a tough time finding a niche in the energy marketplace in Arizona. In this paper we explain the problems with fossil fuel and nuclear energy sources, discuss the possibilities for renewable energy sources, digress on the theoretical question of treating air quality as a private externality or a public good, and propose various policy implements that will allow the state of Arizona to become a leader in the production of electricity from renewable sources.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Publisher’s Statement: Copyright, where appropriate, is held by the author.
ID number or DOI: 02-35
Keywords: Working paper, fossil fuels, renewable resources, market efficiency, air quality
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
NAU Depositing Author Academic Status: Faculty/Staff
Department/Unit: The W.A. Franke College of Business
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2015 00:07
URI: http://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/1602

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