About: Jon Sanders

Jon Sanders is Director of Regulatory Studies at the John Locke Foundation.

Recent Posts by Jon Sanders

Doesn’t matter who runs the show, cronyism wins

This has been a week to remember for the Unsustainable Energy sector, the Puyi of the Carolinas. A campaign of utter nonsense, phony free-market posing, and shameless flat-out begging (which negated the campaign’s economic nonsense and free-market posing, if anyone took the time to think about it) has succeeded wildly. Those are the tools itContinue Reading

Time to return NC utilities to the standard of least-cost reliable power

My Daily Journal column today explores the importance of reviving this crucial standard in a state that guarantees its electric utilities a locked-in consumer base. The NC Ratepayers Protection Act, currently in the N.C. House, would do exactly that. State leaders set this standard aside to accommodate renewable energy generation, but the past few yearsContinue Reading

The renewable energy lobby and the N&O’s strong editorial against an industry seeking self-interested breaks

The N.C. Sustainable Energy Association is advertising on Facebook and presumably elsewhere to have people thank state senators responsible for SB 447. The bill would satisfy the solar industry’s big need: keep handing out huge tax credits for investing in solar. The 35% — thirty-five percent! — tax credit for investing in solar is supposedContinue Reading

Unsustainable solar hit by ‘shock waves.’ What could rock such a strong industry?

Weaksauce whining from an industry supposedly as strong as NC’s solar. Complaints like these underscore that solar’s business model is proud to be entirely dependent upon government support (what the Taxpayer Protection Alliance calls solar’s “Subsidy-Based Business Model“). From the Charlotte Observer: The measure “dramatically disrupts the investment and jobs created that we’ve seen as a result”Continue Reading

Rich privileged professors, students rally to throw poor people out of work

The News & Observer carries the news on this disgusting protest. A sea of proud white faces waiving placards to pressure well-known employers of low-skill, low-wage workers who are often racial minorities — and worse, the General Assembly — into deliberately pricing them out of work in favor of automated kiosks and other Stuff White People Like.Continue Reading

Numbers were down for second Raleigh Rock’n’Roll marathon, but will they be?

I got a chuckle out of a toss-off line toward the end of The News & Observer’s article on the second Raleigh Rock’n’Roll Marathon [RnR] this weekend. Here’s the line: An accurate estimation of economic impact [of the race] for this year will be available in July. Not just an estimation, an accurate estimation. IContinue Reading

Selling green cronyism, ignoring the poor

That was the theme of my most recent newsletter, and it has been an ongoing subject of mine for years. Right now the green expensive electricity energy lobby is out in force working to get lawmakers to think of electricity generation as a jobs program, to support incentives and purchase mandates that are said to “grow jobs”Continue Reading

When lower electricity rates are wonderful, you know they’re not talking about RPS mandates

Politicians and media cheered the passage into law of Senate Bill 305, which would allow the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency to sell its ownership in four power plants to Duke Energy Progress for $1.2 billion, reducing NCEMPA’s $1.7 billion debt to $480 million. The bill is expected to yield rate reductions for electricity consumers inContinue Reading

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