When the truth doesn't fit your agenda, it's time to make shit up:
But supporters of the rollback, including the bill's sponsor, Rep. Mike Hager, R-Rutherford, say the price of renewable energy is too high, and state taxpayers and ratepayers shouldn't be forced to subsidize the sector. Woodhouse said environmentalists are pushing green energy because they want power to be more expensive. "It is a goal of them to have higher electricity costs because they want to punish people for using power," he said. "They think using power is a bad thing. They want to punish people for flipping the switch."
Just when you think you've seen the archetypical, bottom-line worst of Dallas Woodhouse, he opens up that yap and gives you a new low-level of stupidity. Dude actually gets paid for this. Fortunately, you don't have to dig very deep to see the reality is exactly the opposite of what these demagogues are spouting:
However, Chris Braund, Lake Lure town manager said the town would be impacted negatively if the bill passes, because the dam at Lake Lure produces renewable energy that is sold back to Duke Energy under the current law.
Braund wrote a letter to Hager explaining what the reselling of energy produced from the dam means to the town. "I had just been reading the articles in the paper about the bill," Braund said. "I was pretty sure that he didn't realize that Lake Lure was on the sustainable renewable generator side of the equation."
That's a good guess. But disrupting local economies aside, this is what everybody needs to pay attention to:
Braund said in his letter that because Duke Energy has established more of its own renewable energy, the rate of the credits Lake Lure sells to Duke has decreased from $6.60 per MwH to the current price of $2.50 per MwH.
Bolding mine. That's just under a 63% drop in price (cost) for credits, which means NC's REPS is doing exactly what we'd hoped it would: increase volume of generation and drive costs down.
The proponents of this bill don't want the public to know these things, because the truth would expose them for what they are: nothing more than pr hacks for the fossil fuel industry.