ّCurrency: This publication is a compilation of the text of Public Law It was last amended by the public law listed in the As Amended. One of the most interesting was the price regulation and product allocation system set in place by the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of (EPCA) which. The Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) of established an energy conservation program for pumps and other equipment. EPCA authorizes DOE to .

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President Dwight Eisenhower suggested an oil reserve after the Suez Crisis.

Companies ‘work around’ U. Structural changes shifting the economy to services and increases in energy efficiency and conservation resulting from high prices in the s and s have been largely responsible. This analysis seeks examine the dynamics and political economy of the American energy market and interest groups therein.

Volume24, issue Number 2, Abstract: However, the export ban and the caveat have created substantial market inefficiencies that encourage rent-seeking by beneficiaries. With the boom in unconventional oil and gas sincewhich has come at a time of lower per capita demand, the US is well-positioned for energy security.

Finally, the oil product stock outflows in two directions; it can flow to domestic or foreign consumers due to the lack of export restrictions on oil products. Retrieved 26 March The EPCA artificially limits crude exports and thus gives rise to an anomalous situation in which high quality crudes cannot command their due premium.

It is bound to pipelines, creating several gas stocks that flow from producers to consumers in regional markets. Incrude oil exports peaked at million barrels, dropping to These new realities of American energy of low domestic prices, unforeseen inencourage profligacy and discourage new oil and gas exploration and production, both of which retard technological progress by disincentivizing new production and efficiency solutions when energy is so cheap. The benefactors from the oil export ban remain the refiners which benefit from low US oil prices and high world prices, while the oil producers do not receive a higher price for their oil.


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The small number of players in the distributional conflict ensured that interest groups organized quickly and held enough power to shape the distributional conflict and at a minimum delay, if not prevent, changes to the lucrative niches created as spca result of the EPCA. Additionally, booming Canadian oil production and exports remain captive and oriented for the US market.

Views Read Edit View history. Bans Crude Oil Exports: The need for a national oil storage reserve had been recognized for at least three decades. This mechanism would reduce the use of these fuels for power generation and free them for use by other consumers.

In the s this caveat was irrelevant as few such products were exported. Natural gas does not need to be processed to be useful, thus there is no intermediary. All four of these consumers benefit from cheap natural gas resulting from export restrictions. It is this rigidity that undermines security by discouraging new production and adoption of new technologies, both of which depend on high prices.

Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. The EPCA was enacted during a time of unprecedented national duress; its main objective was the implementation of immediate measures to improve resilience and address slow-moving variables such as general oil demand, efficiency, and conservation.

Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Furthermore, the President was given authority to order maximum domestic oil and gas production, and the President was directed to submit plans for energy conservation and energy rationing in case of a fuel shortage.

Insofar as the public is concerned, lower energy prices, most visibly in cheaper gasoline prices, are the major concern. You are commenting using your WordPress. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. This market inefficiency has resulted in a record spread for refinery operating margins between the US and Europe.


As such, the primary supply of natural gas in the US comes from domestic producers with a limited imports.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. This is most evidenced in the strict price controls imposed on oil and gasoline in the s and the supplemental Crude Oil Windfall Profit Tax Act passed in after prices were deregulated to prevent extraordinary oil profits due to legislative action.

CRUDE and PACE have fewer members and thus have been able to lead an accelerated lobbying effort convince the administration and the public that their position is correct due to faster cost negotiations. Following the oil crisis, the EPCA sought to improve energy security in a US economy configured to rely on inexpensive and readily available oil.

Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975

Search epcca items with the same title. While similar to the oil industry, the natural gas market has its own nuances, though it remains similarly impacted by export restrictions. As such, the Act creates the conditions for the existence of interest groups, which then undermine the aims of US energy security. Thus, export restrictions directly benefit the end consumers of gas.

Complementary to the increased coal production goals of the legislation, the EPCA also provided mechanisms to allow the government to ensure that natural gas and petroleum based fuels are available to consumers in times of fuel shortages or crises. In this system, two stocks exist: Despite imposing measures and tariffs to raise prices and spur domestic energy production, it was not intended to be redistributional legislation.

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