Rob Schofield, Robin the Boy Wonder to Blinkin’ Chris’s Bat-Girl, injects the word ‘Koch’ into his rants so often one might think he is afflicted with Tourette’s Syndrome:
What’s he babbling about, you ask? Well, um, THIS:
AFP is merely citing NC DENR’s March 2015 “Energy Report” and its claims about renewable energy. Needless to say, Rob did not care for that:
Well, we only had to turn to page three of the DENR report to find what AFP was talking about:
Session Law 2014-4, (Senate Bill 786) directed the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to study several issues related to long range energy with a focus on achieving maximum effective management and use of present and future sources of energy in North Carolina. In particular, DENR was required to evaluate the impact of renewable energy, including the implementation of Session law 2007-397. As detailed in this report, the impact of Session Law 2007- 397, commonly referred to as the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (REPS), has been mixed. The REPS incentivized the use of specific energy sources, including renewable energy sources, as well as energy efficiency. This study has revealed that implementation of the REPS has resulted in dramatic increases in some energy sources but with mixed environmental results.
Since 2007, the state of knowledge regarding the environmental impacts of renewable energy has advanced. Intermittent power sources and biomass are of particular interest: Solar and Wind Solar and wind power, widely referred to as zero carbon energy sources, are not entirely carbon free because of their intermittent nature. Without advancements in storage capacity, solar and wind power cannot entirely supplant traditional baseload power. Studies have suggested that reliance on intermittent power sources may have an adverse environmental impact as baseload fossil fired units chase the electricity load in a transient manner. Biomass There is general agreement that biomass has greater emissions of traditional pollutants on a per megawatt basis. Recent studies have also brought into question the greenhouse gas neutrality of biomass.
FUTURE FEDERAL REGULATIONS
The Environmental Protection Agency has moved to displace coal as a baseload fuel (e.g.: regulations pursuant to Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act). As current and future federal regulations are considered, their potential impact on North Carolina’s energy policy may be profound. The importance of the federal rule cannot be overstated and may require North Carolina to consider zero carbon sources of energy such as nuclear fission.
DOMESTIC ENERGY SHIFT
The implementation of the REPS in 2007 coincided with dramatically increased natural gas generation as a result of enhanced oil and gas production. This increase in domestic oil/gas generation has resulted from a historic drop in natural gas prices. How this fundamental shift impacts the goals of a REPS should be considered.
North Carolina remains the only state in the Southeast to have enacted a REPS. As a result of this geographic isolation, long term energy prices may adversely impact economic growth and challenge recent improvements in employment in North Carolina.
Oh, and Rob — that last section, entitled “Geographic Limitation” appears to substantiate what AFP said.
As a footnote — the legislation proposing the REPS was pushed by a rookie legislator named Thom Tillis, and protected by then-speaker Tillis from a 2013 attempt by Rep. Mike Hager to kill it off.
It’s always so * charming* to see guys like Rob and Chris — who live off of handouts from a rich leftist — attacking two brothers who built successful businesses and now want to prevent their country from collapsing into a socialist sinkhole. How about the merits of this report — produced by people actually in the environmental field?