State climate and clean energy policy will play a critical role in the future of the political dialogue and economic development. Policymakers from around the world already recognize the leadership of American states in this domain.
Rooted in public policy theory, and employing a mixed-methods approach that includes advanced economic analysis and qualitative research, Benjamin H. Deitchman explores the policy tools that address the politics and economics of clean energy development and deployment across all 50 states. Deitchman includes in his analysis international case studies of this policy context in Canada, Germany, and Australia to reveal different state-level policy tools, the politics behind the tools, and the economic implications of alternative approaches.
The rigorous analysis of the politics of state level institutions and economic implications of subnational climate and clean energy actions offers researchers, students, and policymakers with practical information to advance their understanding of these options in the policy process.
'All too often, energy analysts obsess over energy policies and their various permutations. Deitchman goes much further and looks at the politics and broader socioeconomic forces shaping state energy and climate planning processes and their outcomes. The result is a novel, rich, and intellectually engaging comparative assessment.'—Benjamin K. Sovacool, Professor of Energy Policy, University of Sussex as well as Professor of Business and Social Sciences, Aarhus University, Denmark
'… a useful primer on recent state energy policy developments …'—Barry Rabe, Publius: The Journal of Federalism
'One of the more impressive qualities of the book is the author’s ability to analyze each topic through a diverse set of theoretical perspectives. This interdisciplinary approach to such a multifaceted and complex topic provides a nice contribution to the public management and environmental federalism literature.' —Sanya Carley and Michelle Graff, The American Review of Public Administration
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: The Role of Federalism and Polycentric Governance of Energy Policy Issues
Chapter 3: Political Dimensions of Energy Policy
Chapter 4: Traditional and Innovative Financing Policies
Chapter 5: Buildings: Codes, Standards, and Incentives
Chapter 6: Regulatory Policies: EERS, RPS, and a Price on Carbon
Chapter 7: Smarter Rates for Electricity
Chapter 8: Promoting Green Jobs and the Green Economy
Chapter 9: International Contrasts, Comparisons, and Partnerships
Chapter 10: Conclusions