Koch Brothers attack renewable energy in NC

Trying to sever residential Solar from the grid:

The Koch brothers, anti-tax activist Grover Norquist and some of the nation's largest power companies have backed efforts in recent months to roll back state policies that favor green energy. The conservative luminaries have pushed campaigns in Kansas, North Carolina and Arizona, with the battle rapidly spreading to other states.

The institute has warned power companies that profits could erode catastrophically if current policies and market trends continue. If electricity companies delay in taking political action, the group warned in a report, "it may be too late to repair the utility business model." The American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, a membership group for conservative state lawmakers, recently drafted model legislation that targeted net metering. The group also helped launch efforts by conservative lawmakers in more than half a dozen states to repeal green energy mandates.

The "utility business model" is in no danger from renewable energy. Companies like Duke Energy have seen a vast increase in the amount of power generated from these sources, and their profits are healthier than ever. And for Conservatives to fight net-metering makes no sense at all. It is (by far) the most efficient means of handling Solar PV, as any excess power generated is used by somebody else on the grid. Then again, their claims of "efficiency" may just be another of the masks they wear to fool voters.


Right on cue

The Koch's Americans for Pisspoority Prosperity pens an op-ed bemoaning renewable energy. Completely ignoring environmental concerns, John Dud(ley) wails that IT WILL COST YOU MORE:

RPS mandates force utilities to buy this more expensive [renewable-source] electricity, regardless of whether energy consumers demand it.

As a result, energy consumers get stuck with higher bills.

He quotes intentionally and thoroughly misleading costs of energy from various sources and whines about "heavily subsidized" renewable energy while completely ignoring the heavy subsidies to the Koch suckers brothers for their dirty energy.

And then the standard Koch-ALEC clincher:

Given all the economic downsides of these energy mandates, it’s not surprising that other states are considering repealing theirs.

Well, if everybody else is doing it, I guess we should too! After asserting that these other states are repealing their laws (37 states and the District of Columbia have renewable energy mandates), Dud(ley) cites exactly one state (Kansas) that has repeal underway. But having established that beachhead, of course, Koch-ALEC will use that and its ownership of numerous state legislatures to do the same in other states.

We continue to wonder how these people can sleep at night.

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014


"We continue to wonder how these people can sleep at night."

Beds and pillows made out of rolled up c-notes, polar bear fur and the tears of small hungry children are apparently quite comfortable.

Industry lobbyists by any other name

As far as the "consumer demand" for renewable energy, polls have steadily been in the high 70 percentile for people who want to see more Solar energy developed here in NC.