Study: Green energy hurts California poor the most

Thd Manhattan Institute’s Center for Energy Policy and the Environment released a study Thursday revealing that California’s energy policies are a larger burden on the state’s poor in the more inland and Central Valley areas. The report points out that the the Golden State’s renewable-energy orders and carbon cap-and-trade system have resulted in ratcheting up power costs, as they have resulted in a regressive energy tax, imposing proportionally higher costs in certain counties, such as California’s inland and Central Valley regions, where summer electricity consumption is highest but household incomes are lowest.

The manuscript outlines that in 2012, right around one million California families confronted energy poverty, where vitality uses cost more than 10% of household income. A few regions demonstrated a energy poverty rate in upwards of 15% of all families.

As indicated by the report, some open projects affected the supply and expense of electric power:

[This includes] subsidies to encourage development of solar photovoltaic (PV) power at residential and commercial locations; “feed-in” tariffs to encourage small (less than 3 megawatts [MW] capacity) PV and bioenergy resources; a carbon cap-and-trade program to reduce GHG emissions and, most significantly, a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) mandate.

According to California’s state government website ( in 2011, the state originated the most energy with the rest coming from the Pacific Northwest (10%) and the U.S. Southwest (20%). The Energy Information Administration announced during July of last year that two years prior, California’s per capita energy utilization was 49th in the country, and normal site power utilization in residences was among the lowest in the union.

With California being one of the most expensive states in the country, it makes sense that environmentalists and rich liberals advocate for policies that drive up the cost of energy in order to impact the poor. Both groups obviously seek to rid California of people they consider undesirable to live in the Golden State. If California doesn’t drive out unworthy employers and people with its high taxes and regulations, it will do it by driving up their energy bills in hopes of that being the last straw incentivizing people to pack up and leave. Environmentalists particularly like this scenario since it will lead to undermining our way of life and they are laying the groundwork for ending civilization in the Golden State. Eureka!