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    Attn. NC policymakers: Montana just cut its PURPA rates by 40%

    If House Bill 589 passes, it would make important reforms to North Carolina's PURPA contract lengths and qualifying facility sizes — but it would not change how avoided-cost rates are set. Montana just showed it can be done.
    Jon Sanders, June 28, 2017
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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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    Big energy corporation suing small, rural towns

    It’s not big news because it’s a renewable energy corporation. Still, what National Review reports here is disturbing: NextEra Energy, which bills itself on its website as “the world’s largest generator of renewable energy,” is suing a tiny municipality in one of Oklahoma’s poorest counties. In mid February, NextEra, which…
    Jon Sanders, May 2, 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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    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
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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.
    Jon Sanders, March 22, 2017
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    If you can’t win customers and investors, win politicians

    …it’s well known that the renewable energy industry’s business model is entirely based on and utterly dependent on capturing public subsidies. It’s all about winning government goodies.—Yours truly, 8/28/15 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…
    Jon Sanders, March 16, 2017
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    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…
    Jon Sanders, March 8, 2017