Energy Policy:

CEI's Tanton says California's energy efficiency measures not implementable on national scale

As the United States tries to reduce emissions and become more energy independent, energy efficiency will likely play a major part in achieving these goals. But should the government be incentivizing consumers to lead more efficient lifestyles? During today's OnPoint, Thomas Tanton, a fellow in environmental studies at the Pacific Research Institute discusses his new white paper, written for the Competitive Enterprise Institute, discussing California's demand-side management program (DSM). The paper, "California's Energy Policy: A cautionary tale for the nation," takes aim at the DSM and explains why it should not be implemented nationally. Tanton says the DSM has not yielded energy usage reductions on its own and he explains why he believes other states would not be successful in reducing their energy usage in this way.