Energy

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    UtilityDive asks: Is PURPA done?

    Last year North Carolina policymakers made major changes to state energy policy — but not to the state's exorbitant avoided-cost rates. Such a reform is all the more necessary, however, because of last year's restructuring of energy policy. 
    Jon Sanders, February 19, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Don Carrington reports for Carolina Journal Online on questions surrounding income from a solar farm owned by Gov. Roy Cooper’s family members. John Hood’s Daily Journal emphasizes states’ roles in improving their highways and other transportation infrastructure.
    Mitch Kokai, February 19, 2018
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    Energy poverty and the painful truth about energy efficiency programs’ impact on the poor

    The underlying issue is that everyone, rich or poor, needs energy. It is a basic human need, so anything that makes it more expensive will disproportionately harm the poor more.
    Jon Sanders, February 16, 2018
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    Developing Story: Constitutional Questions Surrounding $57.8 Million Deal Persist

    Carolina Journal’s Dan Way continues to dig for details on the $57.8 million fund attached to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline deal that was approved by the Cooper administration. Gov. Roy Cooper said Wednesday he would let House Bill 90 become law without his signature. The legislation diverts…
    Donna Martinez, February 16, 2018
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    A special $58 million fund connected with the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project continues to generate controversy. Rick Henderson discusses the latest developments, including a potential separation-of-powers fight between Gov. Roy Cooper and the General Assembly, during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Jon Guze explains how…
    Mitch Kokai, February 16, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on persistent constitutional questions surrounding a $58 million fund linked to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Andy Taylor’s Daily Journal examines legal arguments in the latest N.C. redistricting fight and explores alternatives to the current mapmaking process.
    Mitch Kokai, February 16, 2018
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    Breaking News: Pipeline Deal Made Between ACP, Other Parties With Cooper Sign-Off

    Breaking Thursday from Carolina Journal: The $57.8-million discretionary fund the Atlantic Coast Pipeline operators planned to pay to an escrow Gov. Roy Cooper would control was in fact negotiated between the pipeline’s operators and a series of private parties. It remains unclear whether Cooper’s involvement was legal. In his…
    Donna Martinez, February 15, 2018
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    Questioning the value of ‘green’ research

    Ross Marchand argues in a Washington Examiner column that government spending on “green” research fails to yield the benefits its advocates promise. To many on the environmental left, funding cuts to green energy amount to a war on “clean technology.” Revelations in December that President Trump was redirecting…
    Mitch Kokai, February 15, 2018