green cronyism (page 10)

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    Kansas governor, legislature unveil plan to repeal their state REPS mandate

    It’s not just North Carolina. Ohio leaders froze their renewable energy portfolio standards (REPS) mandate. West Virginia leaders repealed their REPS mandates. The Texas legislature is debating repeal of their REPS mandate; the measure has already passed the Senate. And now, news from Kansas via the Wichita Eagle:…
    Jon Sanders, May 5, 2015
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    Solar thrives on subsidies for solar, and dogs are the top consumers of dog food

    Too often the discussion of economic incentives amounts to being pleasantly surprised that dogs like dog food. It shouldn’t be the end of the story that giving free money and tax credits for Industry X draws positive feedback from members of Industry X. What are its effects on consumers, taxpayers,…
    Jon Sanders, May 5, 2015
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    Hm. Why does Apple’s ‘100-percent’ renewable-run solar farm need 44 diesel generators?

    Paul Chesser’s column today for the National Legal and Policy Center provokes that question. Chesser shows that “public records show the company [Apple] has received permits to install 44 pollutant-spewing diesel generators for back-up power” to its server facility in Maiden, N.C., served by its 100-acre solar facility. He…
    Jon Sanders, May 1, 2015
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    The Choice

    The debate over renewable energy giveaways in North Carolina really boils down to a choice. Do legislators serve the interests of citizens of North Carolina, or do they serve the interests of a powerful industry group? In my phrasing, it’s not much of a choice. I see it…
    Jon Sanders, April 28, 2015
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    NC energy economist on our ‘meddlesome and costly’ REPS

    Travis Fisher, an economist at the American Energy Alliance who is from North Carolina, writes in The Charlotte Observer on freezing the state’s renewable energy portfolio standards (RPS) mandate: From 2007 to 2013 U.S. production of natural gas from shale formations grew an amazing 783 percent, thanks to innovations such…
    Jon Sanders, April 27, 2015
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    Doesn’t matter who runs the show, cronyism wins

    This has been a week to remember for the Unsustainable Energy sector, the Puyi of the Carolinas. A campaign of utter nonsense, phony free-market posing, and shameless flat-out begging (which negated the campaign’s economic nonsense and free-market posing, if anyone took the time…
    Jon Sanders, April 22, 2015
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    The renewable energy lobby and the N&O’s strong editorial against an industry seeking self-interested breaks

    The N.C. Sustainable Energy Association is advertising on Facebook and presumably elsewhere to have people thank state senators responsible for SB 447. The bill would satisfy the solar industry’s big need: keep handing out huge tax credits for investing in solar. The 35% — thirty-five percent! — tax credit…
    Jon Sanders, April 20, 2015
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    Unsustainable solar hit by ‘shock waves.’ What could rock such a strong industry?

    Weaksauce whining from an industry supposedly as strong as NC’s solar. Complaints like these underscore that solar’s business model is proud to be entirely dependent upon government support (what the Taxpayer Protection Alliance calls solar’s “Subsidy-Based Business Model“). From the Charlotte Observer: The measure “dramatically disrupts the investment…
    Jon Sanders, April 17, 2015