green cronyism (page 6)

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    How lobbyists and economic impact studies trick you

    Jobs, jobs, jobs. Jobs are good, right? The economy needs jobs. Now, let’s draw your attention to jobs right here in my industry. If you just give my industry a subsidy, or a special tax break not available to anyone else, especially not my competitors, then you can create jobs…
    Jon Sanders, February 29, 2016
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    Carbon-tax zealots concede: renewable energy may never compete

    Depend upon it: news stories, industry studies, and especially lobbyists’ materials all frame the success and future importance of solar in terms of government programs. Not consumer demand and certainly not lower rates. The same can be said for the other big nondispatchable energy source, wind. — Rights & Regulation…
    Jon Sanders, February 26, 2016
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    What a difference a year makes, I guess

    John Hood’s column wisely counseling not going overboard with the projected budget surplus included this very recent object lesson: Last year, disingenuous liberals and panicky worrywarts looked at the early numbers and concluded that North Carolina’s recent tax reforms had reduced revenue far more than projected. What really happened…
    Jon Sanders, February 23, 2016
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    How utterly, utterly impossible is battery storage for renewable electricity

    Here is a line from this past Sunday’s issue of Fayetteville Observer, where real-world, adult concerns about the marked inefficiency of nondispatchable energy sources, the subsidies they receive, the costs imposed on poor ratepayers by playing crony games with a state monopoly over an indispensable household necessity, the practicalities of battery…
    Jon Sanders, January 11, 2016
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    Strata Solar subsidiary: Solar’s maximum dependable capacity is zero

    Don Carrington uncovers an uncomfortably truthful admission to the state utility commission by a solar company, which is that the most one could rely on a solar energy company to produce dependably is … nothing. From Carrington’s Carolina Journal piece today: Solar energy has been touted by its advocates…
    Jon Sanders, January 4, 2016
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    “Hey, other energy sources get subsidies, too!” About that…

    My newsletter discusses the differing federal subsidies for different electricity sources. The data come from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, which compiled the report earlier this year in response “to a September 2014 request to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) from U.S. Representative Fred Upton, Chairman of the…
    Jon Sanders, November 25, 2015
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    Why it’s not enough to say ‘but our electricity rates are some of the lowest around’

    Because, prior to 2008 when the renewable energy portfolio standards (REPS) mandate took effect, North Carolina’s electricity rates were decidedly lower than the national and regional averages. Since then, N.C.’s rates have been fast converging on those averages — still lower, but growing at a faster clip than both. We’re…
    Jon Sanders, November 3, 2015
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    Carter Wrenn borrows a very bad argument

    From the conclusion to my recent Spotlight report on renewable energy: In North Carolina, electricity consumers have no choice in their electricity provider. This fact should, first of all, never provide an excuse to use this lack of a free market to enrich special interests at the expense of captive…
    Jon Sanders, September 24, 2015