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    Changes in HB 589 before the Senate

    Version 4 takes a couple of small steps in the right direction in competitive procurement and adds sensible provisions on decommission and reclamation of solar projects and on a moratorium on new wind projects till further study.
    Jon Sanders, June 27, 2017
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    A sensible amendment to HB 589

    Rep. Jimmy Dixon's (R-Duplin) amendment removed a section calling for a study of existing property tax exclusions for solar facilities and possible new ones for swine and poultry waste energy facilities.
    Jon Sanders, June 24, 2017
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    House Bill 589: Key takeaways

    House Bill 589 would be a major restructuring of energy policy in North Carolina. Here is an overview of select aspects of the bill.
    Jon Sanders, June 21, 2017
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    Cooper praises bill because it would help a mythical creature

    The governor wants HB 589 to pass to help "lower cost renewable energy." It has lots of cronyism for renewable energy, no doubt. But there's no such creature as "lower cost renewable energy."
    Jon Sanders, June 8, 2017
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    Duke Energy: 15-year fixed contracts will cost ratepayers $1 Billion extra

    Owing to a long menu of highly favorable state policies, North Carolina has 60 percent of that nation’s PURPA qualifying solar facilities all by itself. David Fountain, the North Carolina president for Duke Energy, writes in Charlotte Business Journal: Today, Duke Energy must buy from…
    Jon Sanders, April 26, 2017
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    Your ‘Earth Day’ news: NC energy-based emissions have been FALLING all century

    For whatever reason this never makes news reports, even though it is big news: Energy-based emissions in North Carolina, like the U.S., have been falling all century. Here are some graphs; read more about them in my Spotlight report on The Market Forces Behind North Carolina’s Falling Emissions.
    Jon Sanders, April 21, 2017
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    Renewable energy lobby agrees: heavily tilted state policies are driving their industry

    Advocates for least-cost, reliable electricity will welcome the ideas in Rep. Chris Millis’ “NC Ratepayers Protection Act” (House Bill 745). They will especially appreciate Millis’ call for studying the actual subsidies and incentives renewable energy producers receive, as well as capping the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards (REPS) mandates until…
    Jon Sanders, April 18, 2017
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    Detailing renewable energy’s dependency on government goodies

    Dan Way writes this morning in Carolina Journal about the “NC Ratepayers Protection Act” (House Bill 745). A snippet: If the bill passes, the REPS [renewable energy portfolio standards mandate] would remain at 6 percent of state retail sales instead of jumping to 10 percent in 2018 and 12.5 percent…
    Jon Sanders, April 17, 2017