green cronyism (page 5)

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    How can your ‘almost there’ industry STILL need several decades’ worth of tax credits?

    Since at least the 1970s, renewable energy advocates have said their industry is just a few short years away from competing with traditional energy sources, so they need government support for only a few short years more. Now a Forbes headline asks, "Renewable Energy Tax Credits — Forever?"
    Jon Sanders, September 26, 2017
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    The answer is to remove energy subsidies altogether

    Arguing against subsidies for traditional energy sources and for more subsidies for renewable energy sources is just another example of arguing "That cronyism is bad because it can't go to this cronyism." How about no cronyism at all?
    Jon Sanders, August 4, 2017
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    Cooper praises bill because it would help a mythical creature

    The governor wants HB 589 to pass to help "lower cost renewable energy." It has lots of cronyism for renewable energy, no doubt. But there's no such creature as "lower cost renewable energy."
    Jon Sanders, June 8, 2017
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    Big energy corporation suing small, rural towns

    It’s not big news because it’s a renewable energy corporation. Still, what National Review reports here is disturbing: NextEra Energy, which bills itself on its website as “the world’s largest generator of renewable energy,” is suing a tiny municipality in one of Oklahoma’s poorest counties. In mid February, NextEra, which…
    Jon Sanders, May 2, 2017
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    Duke Energy: 15-year fixed contracts will cost ratepayers $1 Billion extra

    Owing to a long menu of highly favorable state policies, North Carolina has 60 percent of that nation’s PURPA qualifying solar facilities all by itself. David Fountain, the North Carolina president for Duke Energy, writes in Charlotte Business Journal: Today, Duke Energy must buy from…
    Jon Sanders, April 26, 2017
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    Renewable energy lobby agrees: heavily tilted state policies are driving their industry

    Advocates for least-cost, reliable electricity will welcome the ideas in Rep. Chris Millis’ “NC Ratepayers Protection Act” (House Bill 745). They will especially appreciate Millis’ call for studying the actual subsidies and incentives renewable energy producers receive, as well as capping the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards (REPS) mandates until…
    Jon Sanders, April 18, 2017
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    Detailing renewable energy’s dependency on government goodies

    Dan Way writes this morning in Carolina Journal about the “NC Ratepayers Protection Act” (House Bill 745). A snippet: If the bill passes, the REPS [renewable energy portfolio standards mandate] would remain at 6 percent of state retail sales instead of jumping to 10 percent in 2018 and 12.5 percent…
    Jon Sanders, April 17, 2017
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    Unsustainable energy, illustrated

    The U.S. Energy Information Administration offers another glimpse, if you’re paying attention, into just how government-driven North Carolina’s “powerhouse solar industry” actually is. Look at this graph, from the EIA’s “Today in Energy” post entitled “North Carolina has more PURPA-qualifying solar facilities than any other state“: EIA explains:…
    Jon Sanders, April 3, 2017