North Carolina had held the title “second in solar” for a few years now, but that title does not come cheap. And as JLF’s Jon Sanders writes in his latest research brief, higher energy costs can cost lives. Sanders writes: Energy poverty is a serious issue. Research shows that higher…
Calling this thing is "an example for other states" is like calling Wile E. Coyote an example for other bird watchers and rock climbers. It's an example of what not to do to your people. North Carolinians need their legislators to avoid Virginia's folly.
A "phase out" of all nuclear power plants in America is a part of Sanders' climate plan. It's a colossally bad idea. For that matter, so is banning hydraulic fracking, and Sanders recently introduced legislation to do just that.
In the ensuing decades, deregulation, open access, a multitude of state and federal incentives for solar and wind power, and the onset of fracking have dramatically changed the energy scene here. Domestic energy resources are plentiful.
Even as solar advocates boasted that solar's costs are plummeting, North Carolina's PURPA terms were locking state ratepayers into a situation where they're forced to buy all solar energy produced at exorbitant costs that go well past the actual production costs. It's a great way to make money, but no way to treat captive consumers of a vital necessity.
"Market competition"? The renewable energy industry has made it crystal clear that they want nothing to do with market competition or anything near it. Their own advocates attest that their industry cannot survey without all kinds of government help.