REPS (page 9)

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    Renewable energy lobby’s shell game

    My report last week exposed misleading data being pushed on lawmakers by the renewable energy lobby. The lobbyists were pushing a new statistic, that the renewable energy portfolio standards (REPS) and associated renewable energy mandates are not the primary driver of higher electricity costs in this state … since 2001.
    Jon Sanders, June 8, 2015
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    Super-powerful industry that can transform the state somehow can’t get off life support

    The state’s most proudly dependent and unsustainable crony industry is desperate to stay on permanent life support. It is keeping the legislature awash in rent-seeking industry propaganda. Major corporate beneficiaries of solar cronyism in North Carolina have chimed in — and you will note the dog-not-barking sham…
    Jon Sanders, June 2, 2015
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    Govt. programs return ‘almost all’ their investment? No wonder solar is fighting so hard to keep THAT going

    Do this math: 30% federal investment tax credit 35% state investment tax credit 30% federal depreciation 5% state depreciation Or, as described by the N.C. Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources in its March 2015 Energy Report, Solar energy investors with sufficient tax liability may combine the 35 percent state…
    Jon Sanders, May 21, 2015
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    Kansas governor, legislature unveil plan to repeal their state REPS mandate

    It’s not just North Carolina. Ohio leaders froze their renewable energy portfolio standards (REPS) mandate. West Virginia leaders repealed their REPS mandates. The Texas legislature is debating repeal of their REPS mandate; the measure has already passed the Senate. And now, news from Kansas via the Wichita Eagle:…
    Jon Sanders, May 5, 2015
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    Solar thrives on subsidies for solar, and dogs are the top consumers of dog food

    Too often the discussion of economic incentives amounts to being pleasantly surprised that dogs like dog food. It shouldn’t be the end of the story that giving free money and tax credits for Industry X draws positive feedback from members of Industry X. What are its effects on consumers, taxpayers,…
    Jon Sanders, May 5, 2015
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    The Choice

    The debate over renewable energy giveaways in North Carolina really boils down to a choice. Do legislators serve the interests of citizens of North Carolina, or do they serve the interests of a powerful industry group? In my phrasing, it’s not much of a choice. I see it…
    Jon Sanders, April 28, 2015
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    Doesn’t matter who runs the show, cronyism wins

    This has been a week to remember for the Unsustainable Energy sector, the Puyi of the Carolinas. A campaign of utter nonsense, phony free-market posing, and shameless flat-out begging (which negated the campaign’s economic nonsense and free-market posing, if anyone took the time…
    Jon Sanders, April 22, 2015
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    Time to return NC utilities to the standard of least-cost reliable power

    My Daily Journal column today explores the importance of reviving this crucial standard in a state that guarantees its electric utilities a locked-in consumer base. The NC Ratepayers Protection Act, currently in the N.C. House, would do exactly that. State leaders set this standard aside to accommodate…
    Jon Sanders, April 21, 2015