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    High Energy Bills Cost More Than Dollars

    North Carolina had held the title “second in solar” for a few years now, but that title does not come cheap. And as JLF’s Jon Sanders writes in his latest research brief, higher energy costs can cost lives. Sanders writes: Energy poverty is a serious issue. Research shows that higher…
    Brenee Goforth, May 11, 2020
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    Could High Energy Prices Cost Lives?

    This week, JLF’s Jon Sanders published a research brief on the importance of nuclear energy in our power grid and how continuing nuclear power generation potentially saves lives. Sanders explains that Duke Energy will be seeking license renewals for its North Carolina nuclear energy plants in upcoming years and that…
    Brenee Goforth, November 11, 2019
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    High NC Electricity Rates Hit Low-Income Families Especially Hard

    North Carolina electric ratepayers are spending much more money than they need to spend on their electric bills, thanks to the state’s application of a nearly 40-year-old federal law. The extra costs hit low-income residents especially hard. Those are two key findings of a new John Locke Foundation report. It…
    Donna Martinez, June 7, 2017
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    States’ bad returns from renewable portfolio standards, including Illinois’

    Now we can add Illinois to that growing list of states to learn that imposing renewable portfolio standards (RPS) on electrical utilities raises prices on ratepayers and harms the state’s economy, costing thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in investment while robbing citizens hundreds of millions of dollars…
    Jon Sanders, June 17, 2014
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    You can say that again

    John Hood’s column this morning on what a state energy policy should and shouldn’t be is worth a full look. Having already written on the Four P’s of Electricity Competition, I’d like to highlight this portion: There has always been an economic rationale for pursuing lower prices. Electricity…
    Jon Sanders, March 17, 2014
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    The Four P’s of Electricity Competition

    The Four P’s of Electricity Competition was the unofficial title of my introductory remarks at last week’s forum on the benefits of increased competition in providing electricity to North Carolinians, cosponsored by JLF and the environmental advocacy group NC WARN. I expanded upon those remarks for my newsletter…
    Jon Sanders, March 3, 2014
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    Re: N.C. poised to lead the nation …

    Mitch, Good point. The monopoly providers are going to benefit either way; the captured ratepayers, on the other hand, are harmed when the state forces them to purchase electricity generated from more expensive, less efficient and less reliable sources. For the poorest among us, it’s not a small matter.
    Jon Sanders, April 23, 2013
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    What the poor pay for electricity

    As I did last week in discussing SB 3 and CWIP, I have frequently discussed how higher electricity prices disproportionately affect the poor. A state policy (which, alas, comes on the heels of a national policy) of deliberately raising energy prices on the poor runs counter to good…
    Jon Sanders, February 12, 2013