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KMT RPS Aff

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10/16/2011

INVESTMENT KEY TO EFFECTIVE RPS
FERSHEE
, asst prof of law @ University of North Dakota School of Law, 2008[Joshua P., “Changing
Resources, Changing Market: The Impact of a National Renewable Portfolio Standard on the U.S. Energy
Industry”, 29 Energy L.J. 49, lexis/ttate]
For instance, the study from Woods MacKenzie indicates that a national RPS would lead to such significant
amounts of renewable energy that consumers could save as much as $100 billion on their electric bills.127 If this is
to become a reality, it will mean a fundamental change in how utilities operate.

Whether from wind, solar, biomass, or other renewable sources, massive amounts of renewable energy generation
would require tremendous investment in new generation facilities. Some sources, like solar or wind, could even
require additional investment in additional traditional-fuel generation to support the intermittent energy sources
(i.e., to provide energy when the wind or sun is not available).129 Furthermore, to provide renewable energy at
that level, major investments in the transmission grid would need to occur.130 Infrastructure changes at such a
high level would fundamentally change how electricity is delivered, and thus how utilities operate.

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