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Environment & Energy Archives

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    Apr
    30

    House Approves Amendment Striking a Blow Against Big Solar Cronies

    Posted in Civitas Review, Environment & Energy, Legislative Activity By Brian Balfour | Tagged , ,

    Late last night the NC House approved an amendment to an otherwise little-discussed regulatory reform bill. The amendment would cap the state's renewable energy portfolio standard and eliminate the 80% property tax break received by solar farms and facilities. WRAL has a recap here. The 2007 Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard, or REPS, law requires utilities […]

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    Apr
    27

    Are Solar Lobbyists in NC Trying to Hide Their Money Trail?

    Posted in Civitas Review, Environment & Energy, Legislative Activity, Politicians & Politicking By Brian Balfour | Tagged , , ,

    Last week, Civitas published Part I in a series of articles exposing the "Big Solar" power players in NC behind the push for crony policies favoring solar energy. Friday Civitas published Part II. This article examines the financial reports of a very active political action committee pushing for legislative favors for the solar industry, and […]

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    Apr
    22

    NC House Committee Votes for Higher Energy Bills, Continued Corporate Welfare

    Posted in Civitas Review, Economics, Environment & Energy By Brian Balfour | Tagged , , ,

    The well-financed special interest lobbyists of Big Solar won again today, at the expense of everybody else. House Bill 681, the NC Energy Ratepayers Protection Act, a bill that would have capped and sunset a state law forcing NC energy users to purchase more expensive and unreliable sources of "renewable" energy, was defeated in the […]

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    Apr
    21

    "Conservatives" Push for Big Solar Funded by the Left

    Posted in Civitas Review, Environment & Energy By Brian Balfour | Tagged , ,

    A special report posted yesterday by the Civitas Institute spotlights the funders pushing the "big solar" lobby in North Carolina. What do President Barack Obama and a growing number of Republicans in the North Carolina General Assembly have in common? The answer – their love of major solar energy companies – Big Solar, for short. […]

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    Apr
    16

    Lowering Energy Bills and Increasing Health Care Competition: 2 Good Bills

    Posted in Civitas Review, Environment & Energy, Healthcare By Brian Balfour | Tagged , , ,

    Most of you are probably familiar with the Civitas Institute's Bad Bill of the Week series. Fortunately, this week also saw the focus turn to two good bills that would help lower utility bills and increase choice and competition in medical care. HB 681 would cap and repeal the state's mandate forcing utilities to generate […]

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