An Energy Conserving Tax: How Large Should Rebates Be?

R. Herendeen, B. Hannon, C. Ford

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A plan combining an energy tax and a consumer rebate would encourage the substitution of less energy-intensive goods and services for more energy-intensive ones. Such a program can be viewed as an alternative to rationing as a scheme to reduce energy consumption beyond what current prices would dictate. This paper considers a well-head or mine-mouth energy tax (a ″primary″ energy tax) for two reasons. First, it effects price-induced conservation in the producing as well as consuming sectors, including the energy conversion industries such as petroleum refining or electricity generation. Second, it is less regressive than a consumer-only energy tax applied at point of use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationChanging Energy Use Futures: Second International Conference on Energy Use Management, Held 22-26 October 1979, Los Angeles, California
EditorsRocco A Fazzolare, Craig B Smith
PublisherPergamon Press
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9780080250991
StatePublished - 1979
EventChanging Energy Use Futures, Int Conf on Energy Use Manage, 2nd - Los Angeles, CA, USA
Duration: Oct 22 1979Oct 26 1979


ConferenceChanging Energy Use Futures, Int Conf on Energy Use Manage, 2nd
CityLos Angeles, CA, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Forestry
  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Soil Science
  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Palaeontology


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