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dc.contributor.authorHoran, Kevin
dc.date.accessioned2012-03-02T02:02:57Z
dc.date.available2012-03-02T02:02:57Z
dc.date.issued2011-09
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1794/11992
dc.descriptionx, 59 p.en_US
dc.description.abstractGovernments around the world provide financial incentives to encourage renewable energy generation and energy conservation. The primary goals of these efforts are to mitigate climate change and improve long-term energy independence by reducing reliance on fossil fuels. The consensus in the energy incentive literature is that performance-based incentives, which fund energy output, are more cost efficient than investment-based incentives, which fund capital input. This thesis uses a 30-year case study of Oregon's Business Energy Tax Credit (BETC) program to argue that investment-based energy incentives are moderately cost efficient relative to other state performance-based incentives and can be an effective driver of clean energy deployment. However, this analysis also finds that there are significant opportunities to improve the cost efficiency of investment-based energy incentive programs by targeting least cost projects. Namely, 50% of the first year kilowatt-hour electricity returns of the BETC program could have been achieved at 10% of the cost. These lessons from historical BETC spending should guide policymakers, NGO.s, and businesses who aim to make targeted use of fiscally-constrained energy incentive programs.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipCommittee in charge: Laura Leete, Chair; Ron Mitchell, Member; Grant Jacobsen, Memberen_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Oregonen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesUniversity of Oregon theses, Environmental Studies Program, M.A., 2011;
dc.rightsrights_reserveden_US
dc.subjectPublic policyen_US
dc.subjectEnvironmental studiesen_US
dc.subjectHealth and environmental sciencesen_US
dc.subjectSocial sciencesen_US
dc.subjectCost efficiencyen_US
dc.subjectEffectivenessen_US
dc.subjectElectricityen_US
dc.subjectEnergy policyen_US
dc.subjectFinancial incentivesen_US
dc.subjectTax credits -- Oregonen_US
dc.subjectEnergy tax credits -- Oregon
dc.titleEvaluating the Energy Returns of Investment-Based Incentive Programs: The Case of Oregon's Business Energy Tax Creditsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US


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