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Charting Unseen Costs of Electricity Generation

April 2016, Vol. 243, No. 4

A recent report by the Department of Economics and the Institute of Political Economy at Utah State University explored often overlooked factors that affect the cost of generating electricity from wind, solar, coal and natural gas. While most cost estimates include face-value or seen costs, such as capital, operations and maintenance, and transmission, many estimates overlook the unseen costs that result from government intervention in the energy market. Wind and solar power receive the lion’s share of modern energy subsidies in the United States. In 2013, wind power received 37% of federal subsidies for electricity […]