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Institutional Void and Stakeholder Leadership: Implementing Renewable Energy Standards in Minnesota

  • Adam R. FremethEmail author
  • Alfred A. Marcus
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Abstract

Many state-level policies in the United States have been adopted in an effort to reduce carbon emissions, reduce exposure to fuel price volatility, and encourage economic development by creating a renewable energy industry. Experience with such instruments, however, has been mixed. In this chapter, we argue that a series of obstacles prevent a single actor to take the lead in designing the rules necessary to fill the institutional void that is created by the introduction of novel command and control energy policies. Using case study evidence from the state of Minnesota, we find that the collective action problem we describe in this chapter tends to impede the implementation of renewable portfolio standards despite the new and additional certainty that has been provided by a legislated mandate.

Keywords

Renewable Energy Wind Power Collective Action Problem Energy Information Administration Dominant Firm 
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Notes

Acknowledgments

We would like to thank the many individuals and organizations that contributed their time to the development of this chapter. This includes representatives at Xcel Energy, NAVITAS, Great River Energy, MISO, The Izaak Walton League, Minnesota Public Utility Commission, and the Minnesota Office of Energy Security. The chapter has benefited from the comments at the University of Minnesota, Yale University, Washington University, and Concordia University.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Richard Ivey School of BusinessUniversity of Western OntarioLondonCanada
  2. 2.Carlson School of ManagementUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

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