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Benefit or boondoggle? That’s the billion-dollar question.
 
Sometimes, when trying to explain how a political issue is a thorny mess, I've used the phrase "public-choice problem." Recent examples include such issues as occupational licensing, film incentives, government favoritism for renewable energy, even funeral regulations.
Sometimes, when trying to explain how a political issue is a thorny mess, I've used the phrase "public-choice problem." Recent examples include such issues as occupational licensing, film incentives, government favoritism for renewable energy, even funeral regulations.
 
Remarks by President Trump on Renewable Energy
 
Ohio-based Fifth Third Bank claimed in a March press release it’s the “first Fortune 500 company and first bank to contract for 100 percent renewable power through a single new project.”
Ohio-based Fifth Third Bank claimed in a March press release it’s the “first Fortune 500 company and first bank to contract for 100 percent renewable power through a single new project.”
 
After operating a little more than a year, the Amazon Wind Farm, North Carolina's only large-scale wind energy project, continues to cause concerns
After operating a little more than a year, the Amazon Wind Farm, North Carolina's only large-scale wind energy project, continues to cause concerns
 
The News & Observer recently ran an op-ed from Froma Harrop arguing that renewable energy has become competitive with traditional energy resources
The News & Observer recently ran an op-ed from Froma Harrop arguing that renewable energy has become competitive with traditional energy resources
 
If the beneficial effects of the Trump tax cut result in the North Carolina Utilities Commission deciding to lower electricity rates, that will be good news for electricity consumers
If the beneficial effects of the Trump tax cut result in the North Carolina Utilities Commission deciding to lower electricity rates, that will be good news for electricity consumers
 
The town of Hillsborough and Orange County have turned the holy grail of environmentalism into official public policy
The town of Hillsborough and Orange County have turned the holy grail of environmentalism into official public policy
 
Passage of House Bill 589 this year brought major changes to energy policy in North Carolina
Passage of House Bill 589 this year brought major changes to energy policy in North Carolina
 
Dee Stewart was in Raleigh this spring to disclose poll results lauding renewable energy
Dee Stewart was in Raleigh this spring to disclose poll results lauding renewable energy
 
House Bill 589, passed earlier this year by the General Assembly, could put allies of North Carolina’s renewable energy industry somewhat at ease, said Randy Wheeless, a spokesman for Duke Energy, at a Nov. 1 meeting of renewable advocates
House Bill 589, passed earlier this year by the General Assembly, could put allies of North Carolina’s renewable energy industry somewhat at ease, said Randy Wheeless, a spokesman for Duke Energy, at a Nov. 1 meeting of renewable advocates
 
The N.C. Utilities Commission approved a massive Beaufort County solar project in October after the developer relocated the portion of the project that would have surrounded the Terra Ceia Christian School
The N.C. Utilities Commission approved a massive Beaufort County solar project in October after the developer relocated the portion of the project that would have surrounded the Terra Ceia Christian School
 
Critics say N.C. State University's Clean Energy Technology Center is little more than a promotional ally of the solar industry, and the state should pull the plug on its funding
Critics say N.C. State University's Clean Energy Technology Center is little more than a promotional ally of the solar industry, and the state should pull the plug on its funding
 
Recently enacted North Carolina renewable energy regulations to control costs and help green energy flourish will be a model other states embrace. Or don't
Recently enacted North Carolina renewable energy regulations to control costs and help green energy flourish will be a model other states embrace. Or don't
 
Government is bigger and more expensive than it needs to be, thanks to an economic concept called the "special interest effect."
Government is bigger and more expensive than it needs to be, thanks to an economic concept called the "special interest effect."
 
An amended energy bill is putting supporters of renewable energy at odds with a state Senate leader concerned about the effect of wind farms on military bases
An amended energy bill is putting supporters of renewable energy at odds with a state Senate leader concerned about the effect of wind farms on military bases
 
In what may be a first, the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) has put on its docket a petition to declare that a renewable power facility is in fact a public utility under NC law
In what may be a first, the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) has put on its docket a petition to declare that a renewable power facility is in fact a public utility under NC law
 
Governor Roy Cooper released the following statement on HB 589
 
State Rep. Chris Millis says the renewable energy industry hoodwinked North Carolina about the costs of giving special deals to renewable producers, which exploded from an initial projection of less than $5 million to $1.6 billion in payouts through 2016
State Rep. Chris Millis says the renewable energy industry hoodwinked North Carolina about the costs of giving special deals to renewable producers, which exploded from an initial projection of less than $5 million to $1.6 billion in payouts through 2016
 
Two highly regarded Republican political consultants told an audience of state lawmakers, lobbyists, and renewable-energy entrepreneurs Tuesday they should consider government intervention into the renewable energy market a "slam dunk" conservative issue that wins at the ballot box
Two highly regarded Republican political consultants told an audience of state lawmakers, lobbyists, and renewable-energy entrepreneurs Tuesday they should consider government intervention into the renewable energy market a "slam dunk" conservative issue that wins at the ballot box
 
Consumers are paying a lot more than they realize to prop up the renewable energy industry in North Carolina, even though a section of their bills supposedly lists the cost
Consumers are paying a lot more than they realize to prop up the renewable energy industry in North Carolina, even though a section of their bills supposedly lists the cost
 
The facility now known as the Amazon Wind Farm was approved by state regulators after they were told it would provide part of the electric power necessary for the state to satisfy renewable energy mandates passed in 2007 by the General Assembly
The facility now known as the Amazon Wind Farm was approved by state regulators after they were told it would provide part of the electric power necessary for the state to satisfy renewable energy mandates passed in 2007 by the General Assembly
 
The Nash County Republican sat through two legislative meetings in two weeks hearing Duke Energy officials describe subsidies and carve-outs handed over to the solar energy industry at taxpayer expense
The Nash County Republican sat through two legislative meetings in two weeks hearing Duke Energy officials describe subsidies and carve-outs handed over to the solar energy industry at taxpayer expense
 
Rep. Jimmy Dixon, R-Duplin, wants to scale back North Carolina’s renewable energy mandates and find out how much renewable power actually goes on the grid.
Rep. Jimmy Dixon, R-Duplin, wants to scale back North Carolina’s renewable energy mandates and find out how much renewable power actually goes on the grid.
 
A new study authored by energy expert Dr. Timothy Considine of the University of Wyoming finds that North Carolina's 12 percent renewable portfolio standard (RPS) will increase electricity prices by 42 percent by 2020, and cost the Tar Heel State up to 50,000 jobs.
A new study authored by energy expert Dr. Timothy Considine of the University of Wyoming finds that North Carolina's 12 percent renewable portfolio standard (RPS) will increase electricity prices by 42 percent by 2020, and cost the Tar Heel State up to 50,000 jobs.
 
The federal government issued tax credits in North Carolina approaching a half-billion dollars for renewable energy investment in the five most recent years for which records are available, and high-income earners have benefited the most from the tax favors
The federal government issued tax credits in North Carolina approaching a half-billion dollars for renewable energy investment in the five most recent years for which records are available, and high-income earners have benefited the most from the tax favors
 
In the Tar Heel State, government mandates require that 12.5 percent of electricity must come from wind, solar, and other forms of renewable energy by 2021.
In the Tar Heel State, government mandates require that 12.5 percent of electricity must come from wind, solar, and other forms of renewable energy by 2021.
 
Today, the Civitas Institute released a new study authored by energy expert Dr. Timothy Considine of the University of Wyoming, which finds that North Carolina’s 12 percent renewable portfolio standard (RPS) will increase electricity prices by 42 percent by 2020 and destroy 50,000 jobs by 2020
Today, the Civitas Institute released a new study authored by energy expert Dr. Timothy Considine of the University of Wyoming, which finds that North Carolina’s 12 percent renewable portfolio standard (RPS) will increase electricity prices by 42 percent by 2020 and destroy 50,000 jobs by 2020
 
Destroying property and taking things from people doesn't grow the economy. Sounds rather obvious? That's why lobbyists come armed with "economic impact" studies.
Destroying property and taking things from people doesn't grow the economy. Sounds rather obvious? That's why lobbyists come armed with "economic impact" studies.
 
Two leading legislative critics of tax incentives to the renewable energy industry have not taken issue with an unusual new program used by Duke Energy Progress allowing high-consumption electricity customers using traditional energy to claim their plants are powered by renewable sources
Two leading legislative critics of tax incentives to the renewable energy industry have not taken issue with an unusual new program used by Duke Energy Progress allowing high-consumption electricity customers using traditional energy to claim their plants are powered by renewable sources
 
Governor Pat McCrory joined 28 states in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to halt the Environmental Protection Agency's federal power plan while a legal challenge makes its way through the lower courts.
Governor Pat McCrory joined 28 states in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to halt the Environmental Protection Agency's federal power plan while a legal challenge makes its way through the lower courts.
 
State officials, lawmakers, and renewable energy consultants attempted Tuesday to downplay the $937.8 million cost of tax credits sought under the state's new Safe Harbor Act - a total more than five times higher than initial projections.
State officials, lawmakers, and renewable energy consultants attempted Tuesday to downplay the $937.8 million cost of tax credits sought under the state's new Safe Harbor Act - a total more than five times higher than initial projections.
 
State officials, lawmakers, and renewable energy consultants attempted Tuesday to downplay the $937.8 million cost of tax credits sought under the state's new Safe Harbor Act - a total more than five times higher than initial projections.
State officials, lawmakers, and renewable energy consultants attempted Tuesday to downplay the $937.8 million cost of tax credits sought under the state's new Safe Harbor Act - a total more than five times higher than initial projections.
 
For decades, energy costs have been manipulated by state government subsidies. Just like other subsidies, whether for the film industry, automobile manufacturers, or even specific companies, special treatments transfer the tax burden from the recipients of the subsidies to others, creating unfair...
For decades, energy costs have been manipulated by state government subsidies. Just like other subsidies, whether for the film industry, automobile manufacturers, or even specific companies, special treatments transfer the tax burden from the recipients of the subsidies to others, creating unfair...
 
"Since 2012," the Apple web site boasts, "all our data centers have been powered by 100 percent renewable energy sources."
"Since 2012," the Apple web site boasts, "all our data centers have been powered by 100 percent renewable energy sources."
 
A novel justification for governments heavily subsidizing otherwise unsustainable, expensive, inefficient renewable energy is to argue that all energy sources get subsidies. The general assertion is true as far as that goes. Still, the argument is often used as a variant of...
A novel justification for governments heavily subsidizing otherwise unsustainable, expensive, inefficient renewable energy is to argue that all energy sources get subsidies. The general assertion is true as far as that goes. Still, the argument is often used as a variant of...
 
The final batch of solar and other renewable energy projects requested under the "safe harbor" law enacted in April by the General Assembly could cost North Carolina taxpayers as much as $937,804,785 in credits, according to aggregated figures released Wednesday by the North Carolina Department...
The final batch of solar and other renewable energy projects requested under the "safe harbor" law enacted in April by the General Assembly could cost North Carolina taxpayers as much as $937,804,785 in credits, according to aggregated figures released Wednesday by the North Carolina Department...
 
The Tennessee Valley Authority produced a recent study that found the premium it pays to solar energy producers is about 67 percent higher than solar's actual value (about 12 cents per kilowatt versus 7.2 cents/kw). As reported in the Chattanooga Times Free Press...
The Tennessee Valley Authority produced a recent study that found the premium it pays to solar energy producers is about 67 percent higher than solar's actual value (about 12 cents per kilowatt versus 7.2 cents/kw). As reported in the Chattanooga Times Free Press...
 
Solar energy is said to be renewable because it is "naturally replenished." One source defines solar power as renewable because "there is an endless supply." But the truth of the matter is that in any meaningful technological, economic, or practical sense solar is anything but renewable...
Solar energy is said to be renewable because it is "naturally replenished." One source defines solar power as renewable because "there is an endless supply." But the truth of the matter is that in any meaningful technological, economic, or practical sense solar is anything but renewable...
 
This year's legislative session turned out to be an ideological struggle, not between Republicans and Democrats, but between two factions within the Republican Party. (The factions exist outside the GOP as well, but Republicans control the governor's office and hold supermajorities to make...
This year's legislative session turned out to be an ideological struggle, not between Republicans and Democrats, but between two factions within the Republican Party. (The factions exist outside the GOP as well, but Republicans control the governor's office and hold supermajorities to make...
 
This week's newsletter takes a look at renewable energy facilities in the news. For example, a new study from the Carnegie Institution for Science and Stanford University found a surprising (to researchers) ecological cost of solar installations in California, which has a much more aggressive...
This week's newsletter takes a look at renewable energy facilities in the news. For example, a new study from the Carnegie Institution for Science and Stanford University found a surprising (to researchers) ecological cost of solar installations in California, which has a much more aggressive...
 
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