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    Without tax credits, solar survives and competes. Or it fails. Neither is a case for perpetuating the credits.

    The state’s most hyperactive lobby has cranked its rent-seeking antics up to 11 to retain special investment tax credits and the state’s renewable energy portfolio standards (REPS) purchase mandates. The tax credits, which these special-interest lobbyists has made plain as day that their industry absolutely requires them — now, next year,…
    Jon Sanders, September 2, 2015
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    Rent-seeking, the renewable energy business model

    Rent-seeking is a strange term; it’s the economists’ version of the infield fly rule. If you’re in the know about rent-seeking, it’s likely you are conversant in economics. The president is not. (Which shouldn’t surprise, since so many of his economic schemes depend upon inverted demand curves to…
    Jon Sanders, August 28, 2015
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    Inigo Montoya can only do so much

    The president gave a speech earlier this week praising his administration’s regulations dictating energy-efficiency standards, its recently unveiled unprecedented onslaught of federal regulations vis-a-vis his “Clean Power Plan,” and its exorbitant menu of federal tax incentives for renewable energy. He boasted of the success of these federal intrusions into energy markets, which, he…
    Jon Sanders, August 28, 2015
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    Just another special-interest lobby seeking plunder

    There is a very active special-interest lobby in North Carolina. Dozens upon dozens of its lobbyists are a constant presence at the North Carolina General Assembly. What do they want?
    Jon Sanders, August 27, 2015
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    The fourth enemy of renewable energy: physics

    Nature, economics, math, and also physics. My newsletter discusses the importance of Mark P. Mills’ extensive discussion in Forbes of renewable energy generation and the “weird” physics of electricity. In brief, what makes electricity weird is that it has to be consumed at the moment it is generated. In…
    Jon Sanders, August 20, 2015
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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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    Yes, this is EXACTLY how they work

    Gov. McCrory is quoted in a WUNC article on “Historic Wind Farm Coming to Northeastern NC”: The Governor says this project stands as an example of how renewable-energy friendly policies like tax breaks and portfolio standards can work. The governor is right; it is. They work by tricking farmers into…
    Jon Sanders, July 15, 2015
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    Wall Street Journal: ‘States Are Unplugging Their Renewable-Energy Mandates’

    In this weekend’s WSJ, Donald Bryson, state director of the North Carolina chapter of Americans for Prosperity, and Jeff Glendening, state director of the Kansas chapter, write about their states’ respective efforts in capping or repealing the last two decades’ costly experiments in mandating expensive renewable energy. They put those cap…
    Jon Sanders, July 13, 2015