REPS (page 6)

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    Putting inconvenient facts down the memory hole — a local example

    In today's Carolina Journal, publisher Jon Ham decries "a disturbing trend among mainstream news outlets these days"—which is "putting inconvenient news or facts 'down the memory hole.'" Ham's examples come from national media. I will provide a local one, from the Fayetteville Observer. But first: What on earth would make news or facts inconvenient to a fact-based news organization? Do we feel compelled to describe opening a car hood as inconvenient to a mechanic? Or reading a book as inconvenient to a scholar?
    Jon Sanders, January 15, 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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    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
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    Don’t “inoculate” us against low-cost, sustainable, efficient, readily dispatchable energy

    From Carolina Journal this morning, a truly obtuse quotation from a Republican: “We talk about mandates. We talk about subsidies. We talk about all these other things. But polio vaccines are mandates. Anybody here think that’s a bad idea?” state Rep. Charles Jeter, R-Mecklenburg, said during the news conference.
    Jon Sanders, September 14, 2015
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    Civitas: OK, WRAL, let’s play your game, but let’s do it completely

    Civitas’ Susan Myrick shows all the reductio ad hominem that WRAL’s ridiculously Koch-obsessed report missed. Turns out, there was a bunch. Myrick’s report gives “the rest of the story: the left-leaning groups and rich people who fund the solar and wind power lobby for their own profit.” As…
    Jon Sanders, September 11, 2015
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    WRAL: Reductio ad Kocham

    Apparently in the Monopoly game of liberal argumentation, invoking the name of Koch … is treated like drawing a Get Out of Fail Free card. — Yours truly, here, here and here WRAL decided to report on a legislative roundtable exploring issues surrounding North Carolina’s renewable energy…
    Jon Sanders, September 9, 2015
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    Without tax credits, solar survives and competes. Or it fails. Neither is a case for perpetuating the credits.

    The state’s most hyperactive lobby has cranked its rent-seeking antics up to 11 to retain special investment tax credits and the state’s renewable energy portfolio standards (REPS) purchase mandates. The tax credits, which these special-interest lobbyists has made plain as day that their industry absolutely requires them — now, next year,…
    Jon Sanders, September 2, 2015