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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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    Unsustainable energy, illustrated

    The U.S. Energy Information Administration offers another glimpse, if you’re paying attention, into just how government-driven North Carolina’s “powerhouse solar industry” actually is. Look at this graph, from the EIA’s “Today in Energy” post entitled “North Carolina has more PURPA-qualifying solar facilities than any other state“: EIA explains:…
    Jon Sanders, April 3, 2017
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    Carolina Journal exposes layer upon layer of solar cronyism

    I’ve long noticed two prongs of the solar lobby‘s message to legislators and the media — two messages that I think are completely at odds with one another: Solar is a powerhouse industry in North Carolina. Second in the nation in solar! Solar cannot make it as…
    Jon Sanders, March 21, 2017
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    If you can’t win customers and investors, win politicians

    …it’s well known that the renewable energy industry’s business model is entirely based on and utterly dependent on capturing public subsidies. It’s all about winning government goodies.—Yours truly, 8/28/15 Since the renewable energy industry cannot build itself by winning customers and investors on the strength of its own merits, they have to win politicians…
    Jon Sanders, March 16, 2017
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    Cute. But sorry, renewables, the “Gig” is up…

    A light-hearted tweet from Clean Energy NC on twitter hearkens back to Back to the Future (the scene, for those of you woefully in the dark about it): NC Solar Power Could Send Doc Back to the Future #CleanEnergy #NCGA — Clean Energy in NC (@cleanenergync) June 30, 2016 Thing is, the time machine car was originally powered with a teensy pellet of plutonium. To generate an equivalent burst of energy naturally, compactly, they needed a bolt of lightning. Renewable energy!? Hello? Hello? Anybody home? Huh? Think, McFly!
    Jon Sanders, June 30, 2016
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    A low-cost energy source that lowers rates and CO2 emissions, to boot

    That would be natural gas. Because of technological change in natural gas exploration, our rates are falling, on net (offsetting increases owing to the REPS law): Also falling: carbon dioxide emissions, as the federal Energy Information Administration has shown is mostly because of change to natural…
    Jon Sanders, May 26, 2016
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    ‘Renewables are incapable of replacing hydrocarbons at scale’

    This isn’t news to Locker Room readers (some recent examples), but I’m glad to read this in The Hill this week from Kathleen Hartnett White. Here’s a brief snippet, with the understanding that there is plenty more where this comes from: Policymakers intent on imposing a…
    Jon Sanders, March 31, 2016