RPS (page 8)

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    When North Carolinians say they favor choice and renewable energy, it’s because they favor choice

    My newsletter discusses the implications of a new poll of North Carolinians’ opinions about renewable energy. A snippet (with emphasis added): But a closer reading of the poll results and information given and withheld from respondents supports the idea that what North Carolinians want is more choice in electricity…
    Jon Sanders, May 23, 2014
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    Thanks, high-rate cronies! (Bok, bok!)

    Big Energy (the “morally correct” Big Energy, that is, the one that is allowed to raise rates on the poor captured ratepayers and engage in the worst of cronyism without upsetting the media, who usually dislike cronyism by Republicans) has a new ad out. The ad,…
    Jon Sanders, August 7, 2013
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    More on fracking

    Following up on Julie’s post, here is the news from Friday: A landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process moved up to contaminate drinking water aquifers at a western Pennsylvania drilling site, the Department of Energy…
    Jon Sanders, July 22, 2013
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    So why does it need propping up by government mandate?

    North Carolina’s governor is the latest to make the Amazingly Strong Industry Is Incredibly Weak argument about solar:…
    Jon Sanders, June 4, 2013
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    Duke makes its third double-digit rate hike request in three years

    Duke says: “We have to balance providing affordable, reliable and increasingly clean electricity to our customers, and at the same time provide a return to our shareholders.” So clean energy and Duke shareholders have to get their cuts; captive consumers might as well wake up and smell the monopoly.
    Jon Sanders, June 4, 2013
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    Energy competition is good, and subsidies aren’t

    Subsidies stifle innovation, because they shelter the subsidized from the buffeting winds of competition. If you know you’re going to “succeed” no matter what, then even more than the hare in the famous fable, you’re going to fall asleep in the race. The Economist has an article about solar’s…
    Jon Sanders, May 31, 2013
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    A tale of two renewable energy polls

    The new poll by Civitas found “Voters soundly opposed to paying more for so-called Green Energy.” Earlier this year a poll by the NC Sustainable Energy Association found “North Carolinians overwhelmingly support the increased use of clean energy sources like solar or wind energy.” In my newsletter today,…
    Jon Sanders, May 8, 2013
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    Re: N.C. poised to lead the nation …

    Mitch, Good point. The monopoly providers are going to benefit either way; the captured ratepayers, on the other hand, are harmed when the state forces them to purchase electricity generated from more expensive, less efficient and less reliable sources. For the poorest among us, it’s not a small matter.
    Jon Sanders, April 23, 2013