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    How utterly, utterly impossible is battery storage for renewable electricity

    Here is a line from this past Sunday’s issue of Fayetteville Observer, where real-world, adult concerns about the marked inefficiency of nondispatchable energy sources, the subsidies they receive, the costs imposed on poor ratepayers by playing crony games with a state monopoly over an indispensable household necessity, the practicalities of battery…
    Jon Sanders, January 11, 2016
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    Three enemies of wind and solar: nature, economics, and simple math

    My newsletter today explains. Following are just the top four bullet points: The renewable energy sources (wind and solar) aren’t a one-for-one tradeoff for traditional resources (coal, gas, nuclear). Wind and solar are far less efficient than traditional resources. It’s more of a one-third to one-fourth for one tradeoff. Furthermore, wind…
    Jon Sanders, August 17, 2015
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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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    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 West Virginia leaders repealed their REPS mandates.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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    NC energy economist on our ‘meddlesome and costly’ REPS

    Travis Fisher, an economist at the American Energy Alliance who is from North Carolina, writes in The Charlotte Observer on freezing the state’s renewable energy portfolio standards (RPS) mandate: From 2007 to 2013 U.S. production of natural gas from shale formations grew an amazing 783 percent, thanks to innovations such…
    Jon Sanders, April 27, 2015