• 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…
  • 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

    What Would House Bill 589 Mean for Energy Consumers?

    posted June 20, 2017 by Jon Sanders
    House Bill 589, “Competitive Energy Solutions for NC,” would be a major restructuring of energy policy in North Carolina. Here is a brief look into select aspects of the…
  • Research Report

    Consumer Protection Blackout: Why the Public Staff Should Be Reformed

    posted March 5, 2007 by Daren Bakst
    The Public Staff is an independent government agency whose role is to represent the interests of electricity consumers before the Utilities Commission. However, as recent examples demonstrate, the Public Staff is acting more like an environmental advocate than a consumer advocate. The Public Staff has recommended a major new tax on consumers, possibly as large as $181 million annually. The Public Staff also has expressed support for wind power plants even though it would mean higher costs and an unreliable means of electricity for consumers. The agency needs major reforms so consumer interests are truly protected, including term limits on the executive director of the Public Staff.
  • Press Release

    Consumer advocate needs reform

    posted March 5, 2007
    RALEIGH – A state government agency has failed its duty by not representing N.C. electricity customers’ interests. That’s the key criticism of the Public Staff in a new John Locke…
  • Press Release

    Proposed tax hurts consumers, helps environmental groups

    posted November 29, 2006
    RALEIGH – North Carolina electricity customers could pay an extra $181 million a year, thanks to the efforts of a consumer advocate that’s supposed to represent customers’ interests. That’s according…

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