Jon Sanders studies regulatory policy, a veritable kudzu of invasive government and unintended consequences. As director of regulatory studies at the John Locke Foundation, Jon gets into the weeds in all kinds of policy areas, including electricity, occupational licensing, hydraulic fracturing, the minimum wage, poverty and opportunity, state rulemaking, film and other incentives programs, certificates of need, and cronyism.
Requiring reclamation bonding for solar facilities to avoid foreseeable environmental damage to farmland would be prudent. So why is it good enough for federal lands, but not for North Carolina farmland?
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.