Policymakers from many states are looking to California as a leader in cutting emissions and saving costs. But according to a report by Thomas Tanton of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the California model has many shortcomings. Comments Tanton: “The key question for policy makers should be whether California’s energy policies benefit consumers. The answer is no. With a few exceptions, electricity prices in California are higher than in the rest of the nation. Residential power bills increased by 36 percent since 1990. Moreover, California-style policies have created razor-thin supply margins, resulting in price volatility and rolling blackouts during periods of peak demand. California is not an appropriate model for other states or for the nation.”

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