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About that big drop in NC energy emissions this century

What do all these things have in common? Curious? Read “The Market Forces Behind North Carolina’s Falling Emissions” to find out.






Carolina Journal exposes layer upon layer of solar cronyism

I’ve long noticed two prongs of the solar lobby‘s message to legislators and the media — two messages that I think are completely at odds with one another: Solar is a powerhouse industry in North Carolina. Second in the nation in solar! Solar cannot make it as an industry on its own. Not without extensiveContinue Reading






If you can’t win customers and investors, win politicians

Since the renewable energy industry cannot build itself by winning customers and investors on the strength of its own merits, they have to win politicians — who can force people to be their customers and investors. Dan Way at Carolina Journal has the latest. He quotes one of the lobbyists, Paul Shumaker, as saying the big takeaway for RepublicanContinue Reading






Public policies favoring renewables are threatening upheaval in power markets

You can’t have a competitive environment when utilities have to purchase any renewable power that’s produced and when state and federal subsidies and tax credits artificially lower their actual costs by making consumers pay for them in their role as taxpayers. The problem is, these phony state supports aren’t just getting renewables a foot inContinue Reading






So why are NC’s energy-based emissions falling this century? Oh, and: NC’s energy-based emissions are falling this century

Read about this in my Spotlight report on The Market Forces Behind North Carolina’s Falling Emissions. If you’d like a hint, these charts: go a long way toward explaining this graph:






The market is solving emissions concerns. Bet you haven’t heard THAT.

The recent Brookings report on the future of the climate has irreducible good news for environmentalists who have been concerned about emissions. Counter to the pedal drone of media reports, they are going down: Brookings is here reiterating findings by the U.S. Energy Information Administration and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, among others. See my discussion ofContinue Reading






A side note: what wasn’t a founding purpose of the REPS mandate

In my Carolina Journal column today I noted: … North Carolina’s [electricity] rates have been among the most competitive in the nation. That changed when the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standards law passed in 2007. The REPS mandate forced utilities to use an increasing proportion of high–cost electricity sources for noncost reasons: to diversify the sources used,Continue Reading






Matthew reminds us: electricity really is a basic human necessity

The idea for my Carolina Journal column today came to me Sunday night, while I was sitting in the dark with the rest of my family reading by candlelight and hoping we would have power and water restored soon. Duke Energy’s blanket announcement that it’d be done by October 16 — the following Sunday —Continue Reading