• John Locke Update

    A New Law Means Higher Electricity Costs Are Coming, But Does It Stop Even Worse Rate Hikes?

    posted October 20, 2021 by Jon Sanders
    Signed by Gov. Cooper, HB 951 puts his policy goal of 70% reduction of CO2 emissions into law, allows multiyear rate plans for utilities, and lets small solar facilities amend and extend their contracts with utilities. Elements of the new law portend large increases in electricity costs for consumers in North Carolina, but its intent was to "ensure reliable energy generation with fiscal responsibility" and prevent even worse rate hikes. Only through a very strict adherence to the law as written can that goal be achieved.
  • John Locke Update

    Energy Crossroads, Part 2: Reliable, Cost-Effective Alternatives to Cooper’s Disastrous Plan

    posted September 22, 2021 by Jon Sanders
    By favoring wind and solar generation with battery storage to the exclusion of viable, dependable sources, Gov. Cooper's "Clean Energy Plan" would be extremely expensive, costing consumers an average of $411 per year more for electricity. It would cost $123.86 per metric ton of CO2 emissions reduced and take up more land than the state's three largest counties combined. Alternatives provided for Locke by energy researcher Jordan McGillis showed that emissions reductions could be achieved via more natural gas or nuclear facilities at much less expense to consumers and with a miniscule environmental footprint.
  • John Locke Update

    Energy Crossroads, Part 1: Cooper’s Plan Is Unnecessary and Fraught with Costs to Consumers and the Environment

    posted September 21, 2021 by Jon Sanders
    Cooper's "Clean Energy Plan" has a very definite preference for extremely expensive, intermittent, and unreliable electricity resources, to the exclusion of viable, dependable resources. A report for Locke by energy researcher Jordan McGillis showed that Duke Energy's scenario most closely aligned with Cooper's plan would level enormous costs to consumers. Such reliance on wind and solar generation and battery storage carries many hidden and unconsidered environmental, supply-chain, ecological, and land-use costs.
  • Research Report

    Energy Crossroads

    posted June 23, 2021 by Jordan McGillis
    North Carolina’s Clean Energy Plan, a proposal put together by the Department of Environmental Quality at the behest of Governor Roy Cooper, calls for a 70-percent reduction of greenhouse gas…
  • John Locke Update

    Greenhouse Gas Emissions Continue to Plummet in North Carolina

    posted June 1, 2021 by Jon Sanders
    Counter to popular belief, North Carolina's greenhouse emissions have been falling all century — dramatically. The United States leads the world in reducing CO2 emissions. When people don't know these things, they may be more inclined to accept massive government interventions like Gov. Cooper's "Clean Power Plan," which would leave them materially worse off for no reason.
  • John Locke Update

    If Biden Can Support Keeping Nuclear Power Operating, Can Cooper?

    posted May 12, 2021 by Jon Sanders
    With zero emissions, unrivaled reliability, and lowest costs, existing nuclear power checks all the boxes for what different people want from electricity. Losing nuclear power has been shown to increase prices, cause grid instability, and even endanger lives. While Gov. Cooper's "Clean Power Plan" seeks "nuclear generation replacement," Pres. Biden recently signaled support for keeping nuclear plants operating.
  • John Locke Update

    “Lowest cost generation available”: legislators seek to help NC’s electricity consumers

    posted April 26, 2021 by Jon Sanders
    NC's standard in law for electricity provision is least-cost, reliable electricity at the flip of a switch. State electricity policy, however, is too often directed by "stakeholders" whose desires clash with that legal standard, to the detriment especially of poor consumers. House Bill 529 would restore and boost the state's protection of electricity consumers from unnecessarily high costs.
  • John Locke Update

    Cooper is Steering North Carolina Towards Electricity Blackouts

    posted February 10, 2021 by Dr. Donald R. van der Vaart
    North Carolinians should know that many of the energy policies Gov. Roy Cooper has advocated for here in North Carolina follow the mistakes identified as the cause of California's blackouts. As in California, these missteps will leave North Carolina unprepared for our energy future and will ultimately lead to blackouts here. North Carolina should not repeat California’s mistakes.
  • John Locke Update

    Stein’s coal-ash settlement agreement means even higher rates for Duke customers

    posted January 29, 2021 by Dr. Donald R. van der Vaart
    Prior to becoming governor, AG Roy Cooper spoke strongly against consumers being made to pay coal ash cleanup costs, but under his governorship and two settlement agreements later, consumers appear to be on the hook for almost 90 percent of the $9 billion cleanup costs.

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