Money (a) to secure a beneficial state action (b) placed into an account controlled by the governor (c) to be disbursed at the governor's discretion to cronies (d) outside the legislative budgeting process?
Imposing a tariff on solar panels crosses that line between freeing up the energy market for fairer competition (this is government's proper role) and picking favorites in that competition (this is not).
Gov. Cooper should see this as a cautionary tale. His administration is still dithering on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline despite it having received a favorable environmental review from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last summer.
Conventional thinking about technological innovation in energy production seems to focus only on renewable technology, as if traditional sources of energy are incapable of technological change. But that simply isn't true.
On January 4 the Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources issued a letter of disapproval for the erosion and sediment control plan for the northern portion of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline route. As per his usual, Gov. Cooper said nothing.