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Sustainable Energy: Barriers, Realities and Future Plans

Professors Baldick, Patzek and Edgar discuss the policy barriers, vivid realities and future strategies to close the gap between the need for diversified, sustainable energy and the steps toward that goal.

Understanding the Policy Barriers to Renewable Energy

Take a thicket of sometimes contradictory incentives, subsidies, and regulations, add traditional emphasis on fossil fuels, and stir in low prices. That recipe makes transition to renewable energy difficult in this country, according to Ross Baldick, professor of electrical engineering, with price representing one of the greatest barriers.