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    All electric cargo ship being put to good use

    And the headline reads… China’s first all-electric zero-emissions cargo ship is going to be used to transport coal The vessel, designed for inland waterway transport, will have a pilot shipping voyage next month, and be put into commercial use early next year. It will travel a fixed route on…
    Roy Cordato, November 27, 2017
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    Changes in HB 589 before the Senate

    Version 4 takes a couple of small steps in the right direction in competitive procurement and adds sensible provisions on decommission and reclamation of solar projects and on a moratorium on new wind projects till further study.
    Jon Sanders, June 27, 2017
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    House Bill 589: Key takeaways

    House Bill 589 would be a major restructuring of energy policy in North Carolina. Here is an overview of select aspects of the bill.
    Jon Sanders, June 21, 2017
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    A side note: what wasn’t a founding purpose of the REPS mandate

    In my Carolina Journal column today I noted: … North Carolina’s [electricity] rates have been among the most competitive in the nation. That changed when the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standards law passed in 2007. The REPS mandate forced utilities to use an increasing proportion of high–…
    Jon Sanders, October 13, 2016
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    Matthew reminds us: electricity really is a basic human necessity

    The idea for my Carolina Journal column today came to me Sunday night, while I was sitting in the dark with the rest of my family reading by candlelight and hoping we would have power and water restored soon. Duke Energy’s blanket announcement that it’d be done by…
    Jon Sanders, October 13, 2016
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    Re: States that support ‘green’ energy tend to have higher electric bills

    I can hear them now, Mitch. They’ll be saying but not North Carolina, because “we have some of the lowest electricity rates around.” It’s a well-rehearsed statement, and it’s true. But its intent is to deceive, as you can see from this chart: Crediting REPS for NC’s…
    Jon Sanders, May 10, 2016
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    Examining the Sierra Club claim that renewable energy is “least cost”

    My newsletter yesterday examines a quotation in the Asheville Citizen-Times from a Sierra Club representative unhappy with the Utilities Commission giving approval to Duke Energy’s plan for converting one of its coal plants to natural gas: Emma Greenbaum, North Carolina organizing representative for Sierra Club, said she is pleased the commission turned…
    Jon Sanders, March 3, 2016
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    REPS: Burning coal is bad for the environment. Burn trees instead.

    Did you know that the renewable energy portfolio standards law was not passed as a jobs program? The renewable energy lobby would like you to think that’s what it’s for. But actually, the law had four stated purposes: Diversify the resources used to reliably meet the energy needs of consumers…
    Jon Sanders, March 2, 2016