solar (page 11)

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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 https://t.co/kGqzr2s19y #CleanEnergy #NCGA pic.twitter.com/Bl1eI2ObvR — 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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    Why solar and wind are the most expensive way to reduce emissions

    The most important consideration in electricity provision is cost to consumers. Electricity is a basic human need. In North Carolina that need gets met by a monopoly provider. There is, however, this idea that electricity provision is about creating more jobs and cutting emissions. (If you think about it for…
    Jon Sanders, June 20, 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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    Natural gas did most of this. Lower emissions from fracking. Or as the ‘Clean Energy C[ronies]’ call it, HYDRO-FRACKING!

    Here’s an interesting graph from the federal government’s Energy Information Administration today in a release entitled “U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide emissions in 2015 are 12% below their 2005 levels“: The EIA explains:  In 2015, U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide emissions were 12% below the 2005 levels, mostly because of…
    Jon Sanders, May 10, 2016
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    Re: States that support ‘green’ energy tend to have higher electric bills

    I can hear them now, Mitch. They’ll be saying but not North Carolina, because “we have some of the lowest electricity rates around.” It’s a well-rehearsed statement, and it’s true. But its intent is to deceive, as you can see from this chart: Crediting REPS for NC’s…
    Jon Sanders, May 10, 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
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    Another solar company reaching its failure tipping point

    An Investors Business Daily report carries the headline “SunEdison Bankruptcy Whispers Char SolarCity, First Solar, SunPower“: SunEdison’s (SUNE) inferno continued Wednesday, a day after rumors flared that it might be in debtor-in-possession talks with creditors — often seen as a precursor to a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. In afternoon trading on…
    Jon Sanders, March 23, 2016
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    Examining the Sierra Club claim that renewable energy is “least cost”

    My newsletter yesterday examines a quotation in the Asheville Citizen-Times from a Sierra Club representative unhappy with the Utilities Commission giving approval to Duke Energy’s plan for converting one of its coal plants to natural gas: Emma Greenbaum, North Carolina organizing representative for Sierra Club, said she is pleased the commission turned…
    Jon Sanders, March 3, 2016