natural gas (page 7)

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    Why solar and wind are the most expensive way to reduce emissions

    The most important consideration in electricity provision is cost to consumers. Electricity is a basic human need. In North Carolina that need gets met by a monopoly provider. There is, however, this idea that electricity provision is about creating more jobs and cutting emissions. (If you think about it for…
    Jon Sanders, June 20, 2016
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    A low-cost energy source that lowers rates and CO2 emissions, to boot

    That would be natural gas. Because of technological change in natural gas exploration, our rates are falling, on net (offsetting increases owing to the REPS law): Also falling: carbon dioxide emissions, as the federal Energy Information Administration has shown is mostly because of change to natural…
    Jon Sanders, May 26, 2016
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    Natural gas did most of this. Lower emissions from fracking. Or as the ‘Clean Energy C[ronies]’ call it, HYDRO-FRACKING!

    Here’s an interesting graph from the federal government’s Energy Information Administration today in a release entitled “U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide emissions in 2015 are 12% below their 2005 levels“: The EIA explains:  In 2015, U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide emissions were 12% below the 2005 levels, mostly because of…
    Jon Sanders, May 10, 2016
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    Zero-emissions, efficient, dispatchable nuclear energy creating division among environmentalists

    If you’re an environmentalist terrified by the prospect of a temperature increase of a quarter-degree Fahrenheit by 2100 unless the whole world acts now (you know, America could cease doing everything and it’d still have no impact on the climate), and if you don’t mind tearing down some industries, hiking…
    Jon Sanders, February 8, 2016
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    Energy cronyism whack-a-mole

    The new state budget contains a welcome instance of ending (years after it was supposed to have ended, don’t forget) a particularly generous tax credit for a special interest industry. That would be the 35 percent investment tax credit for solar energy, which filled that 35 percent shaped hole…
    Jon Sanders, September 18, 2015
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    Another guy hopes to use celebrity as proxy for expertise

    That guy is James Taylor. No, not that James Taylor — the James Taylor who became famous for having seen fire and having seen rain: Singer James Taylor is speaking out against fracking in North Carolina. Taylor, who was raised in Chapel Hill, is starring in TV spots…
    Jon Sanders, February 19, 2014
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    Costs of natural gas vs. solar

    This post builds on my previous post. In that one, I quoted a Bloomberg article today on the point that “More than half the U.S. states with laws requiring utilities to buy renewable energy are considering ways to pare back those mandates after a plunge in natural gas…
    Jon Sanders, April 23, 2013
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    NC poised to lead the nation on affordable electricity

    A Bloomberg report today — portions of which aired this morning on WRAL’s News on Fox 50 — highlights the effect that the shale gas revolution is having on electricity. It opens this way: More than half the U.S. states with laws requiring utilities to buy renewable energy are…
    Jon Sanders, April 23, 2013