• John Locke Update

    Electricity policy in the post-COVID economy

    posted May 7, 2020 by Jon Sanders
    Energy poverty is a serious issue. Research shows that higher energy prices cost lives. The U.S. Energy Information Agency showed in 2018 that one in three families struggled…
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    Unlike climate change, COVID-19 is an actual existential threat

    posted April 8, 2020 by Dr. Donald R. van der Vaart
    The COVID-19 pandemic has readjusted many of our priorities. The country is pulling together for a common goal: to “flatten the curve.” Many are putting their jobs, careers, education, and…
  • John Locke Update

    Why Aren’t We Benefitting From Falling Costs of Solar?

    posted December 17, 2019 by Jon Sanders
    It’s a feature in reporting about solar energy to discuss how dramatically its costs have declined. That tends to be misleading because solar is a completely unreliable resource on its…
  • John Locke Update

    PURPA Rules Change Could Help Electricity Consumers

    posted December 9, 2019 by Jon Sanders
    A pending major federal rule change could create a positive change for people’s electricity bills. That could be good news, especially for North Carolinians. This fall, the Federal Energy Regulatory…
  • John Locke Update

    The Unacknowledged Costs of Wind Farms

    posted December 3, 2019 by Nick Wilkinson
    As applications for wind farms are expected to increase, the debate over the costs and benefits of these facilities will continue.  The debate should be informed by experiences and data…
  • John Locke Update

    Keeping Zero-Emissions, Low-Cost Nuclear Power Saves Lives

    posted November 11, 2019 by Jon Sanders
    Here in North Carolina, in this century, per-capita carbon dioxide emissions from energy generation are down over 50 percent. We are witnessing falling emissions even as we are one…
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    Electric Vehicles: The Wrong Answer to the Right Question

    posted October 3, 2019 by Dr. Donald R. van der Vaart
    Governor Cooper’s Executive Order 80 claims to seek reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to combat global warming. A major component of the order is the promotion of electric…

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