RPS (page 6)

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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 West Virginia leaders repealed their REPS mandates.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
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    The renewable energy lobby and the N&O’s strong editorial against an industry seeking self-interested breaks

    The N.C. Sustainable Energy Association is advertising on Facebook and presumably elsewhere to have people thank state senators responsible for SB 447. The bill would satisfy the solar industry’s big need: keep handing out huge tax credits for investing in solar. The 35% — thirty-five percent! — tax credit…
    Jon Sanders, April 20, 2015
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    Unsustainable solar hit by ‘shock waves.’ What could rock such a strong industry?

    Weaksauce whining from an industry supposedly as strong as NC’s solar. Complaints like these underscore that solar’s business model is proud to be entirely dependent upon government support (what the Taxpayer Protection Alliance calls solar’s “Subsidy-Based Business Model“). From the Charlotte Observer: The measure “dramatically disrupts the investment…
    Jon Sanders, April 17, 2015
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    Another solar energy poll plays Hide The Costs, because it has to

    Triangle Business Journal reports on a poll by a group calling itself “Conservatives for Clean Energy” that supposedly finds “strong support for clean energy in NC.” If you examine the poll questions, which is made rather annoying by a click-through Flash presentation, you will realize something is missing.
    Jon Sanders, March 27, 2015