Energy

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    Split Appeals Court upholds ruling against NC WARN

    A panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals has ruled, 2-1, that environmental activist group NC WARN violated the state’s utility monopoly when it installed and maintained a solar panel system for a Greensboro church, then charged the church based on the amount of electricity produced. The ruling upholds…
    Mitch Kokai, September 19, 2017
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    Gov. Cooper quietly stalls pipeline project

    The pipeline received a favorable environmental review by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Local environmentalists remain staunchly opposed.
    Jon Sanders, September 18, 2017
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    We’re already reducing energy emissions. No need to force it with unworkable schemes.

    This great news. It also removes any justification to kill off entire industries, throw thousands of people out of work, and hide the enormous costs to people to make a symbolic stand against energy emissions.
    Jon Sanders, September 14, 2017
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    One valuable lesson from the latest hurricanes

    Kevin Williamson of National Review Online explains why Hurricanes Harvey and Irma should prompt an important discussion about the future of the energy sector. Fossil fuels are very much a part of the old economy. Oil producers and refiners do not enjoy the digital world’s capacity for rerouting…
    Mitch Kokai, September 12, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online about criticism of N.C. State University’s Clean Energy Technology Center. Becki Gray’s Daily Journal offers a to-do list for the N.C. General Assembly.
    Mitch Kokai, August 18, 2017
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    Panning corporate welfare for coal

    Michael Tanner‘s latest National Review Online column explains why policymakers should reject a plan to subsidize the coal industry. The latest outrageous example of corporate welfare comes from West Virginia, where Republican-turned-Democrat-turned-Republican governor Jim Justice is asking for $4–5 billion in subsidies for coal-powered utility plants. The Trump…
    Mitch Kokai, August 17, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on the state Energy Policy Council’s mixed reaction to recent changes in state energy law. Roy Cordato’s Daily Journal challenges the claim that people have a right to health care.
    Mitch Kokai, August 17, 2017
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    Buffett and PURPA

    The latest issue of Bloomberg Businessweek explains why billionaire solar energy fan Warren Buffett and his firm Berkshire Hathaway are no fans of PURPA. Berkshire Hathaway Energy says it’s not so simple. The company, which owns several utilities using conventional and renewable power sources, is the second-largest owner…
    Mitch Kokai, August 15, 2017