Category Archives: Energy

New Carolina Journal Online features

This week’s Carolina Journal Online Friday interview features Ashbrook Center executive director Roger Beckett’s insights about the importance of studying original historical documents. Jon Sanders’ Daily Journal explains North Carolina’s renewable energy debate is not designed for the faint of heart.

Low Cost Reliable Energy – where do you stand?

You should know where JLF stands on N.C.’s mandate and subsidies for renewable energy and subsidies. We’ve written extensively about North Carolina’s renewable energy portfolio standards and what a bad deal it is here and here and here and here and here and here — all with additional links to even further information and studies. ThereContinue Reading

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

New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on the N.C. House’s approval of a solar tax credit extension. John Hood’s Daily Journal makes the case for higher taxes … on state and local government bonds.

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

New Carolina Journal Online features

Barry Smith reports for Carolina Journal Online on the U.S. Supreme Court’s order of a new review for N.C. congressional and legislative election maps. Jon Sanders’ Daily Journal touts the importance of low-cost electricity for the N.C. economy.

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

JLF part of coalition backing cap and sunset of N.C. renewable energy mandate

The John Locke Foundation is among the groups hoping to see the N.C. General Assembly move forward on House Bill 681, the N.C. Energy Ratepayers Protection Act, which would lead to the cap and sunset of the state’s renewable energy mandate. Click here to learn why.