Tag:renewable energy

  • Currituck County fed up with solar

    Large solar projects haven’t been a good deal for Currituck County residents, says Bobby Hanig, the county commission’s chairman. The developers “have consistently tried to go back on what has been agreed upon in open meetings, and brought on extra work for county staff to ensure they are doing what…

  • Millis: Tax credits to renewable energy producers = $1.6 billion

    UPDATED April 21 to include source of information for total renewable tax credits. State Rep. Chris Millis says the renewable energy industry hoodwinked North Carolina about the costs of giving special deals to renewable producers, which exploded from an initial projection of less than $5 million to $1.6 billion in payouts through…

  • Hot air from the wind industry

    RALEIGH — Wind-energy developers routinely deceive the public, a longtime critic of the industry told Carolina Journal. And the sales pitch surrounding the Amazon Wind Farm near Elizabeth City continues spreading those deceptions. Amazon continues to perpetuate the myth that the electrical grid can take power from the turbines on…

  • Legislation would freeze renewable energy mandate

    Rep. Jimmy Dixon, R-Duplin, wants to scale back North Carolina’s renewable energy mandates and find out how much renewable power actually goes on the grid. A bill he co-sponsored along with House Majority Leader John Bell of Wayne County would do that. House…

  • Finding common ground may elude 2017 General Assembly

    Perhaps the biggest task facing a Republican-controlled General Assembly when it returns from a two-week hiatus Wednesday is finding common ground with a new Democratic governor, and vice versa. That’s a significant challenge, considering the contentious nature of last year’s special sessions and the flurry of lawsuits that followed. Lawmakers…

  • Study: Biofuels may cause more carbon emissions than gasoline

    RALEIGH — Motor vehicle “biofuels” like ethanol made from corn and soybeans may cause more carbon emissions than gasoline, based on a new study from John DeCicco, a professor and researcher at the University of Michigan Energy Institute, challenging claims by environmentalists that vehicles using biofuels are better for the…

  • Farm bill extends tax subsidy for biofuels company

    RALEIGH — A continuing rift over taxpayer subsidies for renewable energy among House Republicans ignited during debate on a farm bill that includes a provision letting a biofuels company receive $50 million in tax credits. Critics called the provision “crony capitalism” that would cost state taxpayers up to $900,000 per…

  • Big Business Still Getting Big Payouts From Renewable Tax Credits

    RALEIGH — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, the state’s largest insurance company, in 2015 received state tax credits for investments in renewable energy projects worth more than $40 million, and Duke Energy, the nation’s largest electric utility, used the 35 percent renewable credit for a tax break…