green cronyism (page 13)

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    North Carolina solar’s ‘enviable position’ of needing perpetual life support

    To hear them tell it, solar is a powerhouse industry that would collapse like the Tacoma Narrows Bridge if any state support were removed. —11/18/13 This “extraordinary success story” apparently needs to be on the public teat longer than Pu Yi, the boy emperor of China.
    Jon Sanders, February 20, 2015
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    New Hampshire’s costly renewable portfolio standard

    A new report from the Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University (BHI) shows the costs that the New Hampshire, its employees, and its ratepaying families will bear to meet the state’s ambitious renewable portfolio standard (RPS) mandate that 24.8 percent of electricity sold to consumers be from renewable energy sources…
    Jon Sanders, February 13, 2015
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    Drawing the Wrong Conclusion XVIII — another edition of ‘that cronyism is bad because it can’t go to this cronyism’

    Fuel Fix carries the following headline: Obama budget would slash oil tax breaks Good. Energy costs are highly impactful, especially on poor consumers. We need a healthy, level playing field for competing energy providers to compete for our business, not government favors. It’d be an encouraging…
    Jon Sanders, February 3, 2015
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    The ‘success’ of solar is getting state & federal giveaways

    That’s the real takeaway from a media-hyped Pew Charitable Trusts report, “Clean Economy Rising: Solar Shines in North Carolina.” My newsletter today explains. Here’s a snippet: There is not one page in the Pew report that does not underscore the fact that the ballyhooed “success” of solar energy in…
    Jon Sanders, January 16, 2015
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    Drawing the Wrong Conclusion XVI: the uncooperative-Earth edition

    The earth itself is turning out to be the big mother Gaia of all “deniers” … — Yours truly, 8/27/14 A comment by David G. Victor and Charles F. Kennel in the new issue of Nature has sparked controversy. Victor and Kennel are openly calling for…
    Jon Sanders, October 3, 2014
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    Unsustainable energy’s complaint about unsustainable solar

       To hear them tell it, solar is a powerhouse industry that would collapse like the Tacoma Narrows Bridge if any state support were removed. … “Solar energy has mainstream appeal” — it clearly does not. Basketball has mainstream appeal. Fast food has mainstream appeal. iPhones have…
    Jon Sanders, October 2, 2014
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    Intermittency has big costs: Brookings study

    The Economist discusses a new study from Charles Frank of the Brookings Institution that uses a cost-benefit analysis to rank various forms of energy, going beyond levelized cost (click the image for a larger version): Of particular interest to North Carolina policymakers should be this: Frank’s model…
    Jon Sanders, July 28, 2014
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    Australia’s renewable energy industry ‘grinds to a halt’

    What is making a strong industry grind to a halt? Oh, the removal of government support in money and guaranteed business. We’re told that’s kryptonite to strong industries. The Sydney Morning Herald reports: Australia’s investment in renewable energy all but dried up in the first half of…
    Jon Sanders, July 22, 2014