Democrats' Clean Power Outlook is Very Muddy

Axios Generate profiles RFF modeling in its analysis of power-sector reconciliation policies.

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Oct. 18, 2021

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By the numbers: Resources for the Future, a nonpartisan think tank, estimates that with no policy changes, power sector emissions in 2030 are 43% lower than 2005 levels.

  • The tax incentives in the Democrats' plan bump that to 72% while adding the CEPP increases the total to 81%. So the tax credits do more in their study, but there's some nuance here.
  • They didn't analyze the CEPP in isolation, but rather as policy layered onto tax incentives that drive lots of deployment. "We can’t really directly compare the two policies," RFF analyst Nicholas Roy said via email, noting it also depends on how the CEPP is implemented.

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