by Jon Sanders
Director of the Center for Food, Power, and Life, Research Editor | John Locke Foundation
If the bill passes, the REPS [renewable energy portfolio standards mandate] would remain at 6 percent of state retail sales instead of jumping to 10 percent in 2018 and 12.5 percent in 2021. Purchase requirements would be fixed at 6 percent for electric co-ops and municipalities rather than rising to 10 percent in 2018. The increasing REPS mandate is only one government favor that has given renewable energy producers an advantage over traditional providers — and increased subsidies from taxpayers and ratepayers to the green energy companies.
“Government favors” is it, too. The renewable energy industry is entirely dependent upon government favors to exist. They include: