Civitas Review

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    Duke Energy: Renewable Energy Mandates Keeping Rates Higher

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

    This press release from Duke Energy delivers some good news to NC households – rates are going down. But thanks to the renewable energy portfolio standards (REPS), however, rates will be higher than they would have been otherwise.   Duke Energy Progress customers in North Carolina will see a decrease in overall rates effective Dec. […]

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    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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    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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    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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    Waste Energy a Waste

    Posted in Environment & Energy, Legislative Activity By Rhett Forman | Tagged , , , , , ,

    Friday’s Bad Bill of the Week on HB 1139 featured just another instance of needless and inefficient “green legislation.” What happens when corporations can’t meet the standards imposed upon them? Yesterday, according to, over six separate utilities corporations, including Progress Energy out of Raleigh, appealed to the Energy Commission for an extension on meeting […]

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