University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Lincoln Davies appeared in several media outlets recently to discuss new research findings he published in in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Energy titled “Empirical evaluation of the stringency and design of renewable portfolio standards.”
Indiana University’s Sanya Carley led a team of researchers including Nikolaos Zirogiannis, an assistant scientist at Indiana University, as well as Davies and David B. Spence of University of Texas at Austin. The group closely examined the history and evolution of state renewable portfolio standards and interviewed more than 40 experts about renewable portfolio standards implementation.
They found that states that require utilities to increase renewable energy see expansion of renewable energy facilities and generation — including wind and other renewable sources, but especially solar. Read more about the research findings here.