Horiuchi, Catherine
September 2007
Administrative Theory & Praxis (Administrative Theory & Praxis);Sep2007, Vol. 29 Issue 3, p432
Academic Journal
Absent a national commitment to a sustainable energy future with increased energy efficiency and reduced reliance on fossil fuels, the states began widespread adoption of renewable energy portfolio standards in the first years of the 21st century. In the five years since California adopted its aggressive renewables target in 2002, the policy has not decreased use of fossil fuels, despite large increases in wind and small hydro projects. This exploratory research investigates the results of the portfolio adoption, examined through the lens of Rittel and Webber's wicked problem, with attention to incentives that can divert policy makers and implementers from progress toward the objective of sustainability.


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