February 9, 2012
Editorials, North Carolina

Renewable mythology

Carteret County News-Times, www.carteretnewstimes.com 8 February 2012

In its February newsletter, Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative tells customers they will soon have the chance to buy electricity from Duke Energy Renewable’s 6.4-megawatt Murfreesboro Solar Project in Hertford County – and it will cost more – practically double what they pay for electricity now.

“CCEC’s Board of Directors approved the ‘solar rate’ of 18.71¢ kWh (kilowatt hour),” said the newsletter. “CCEC’s standard rates are 8.9¢ kWh during non-summer months (November through May) and 9.98¢ kWh during the summer (June through October).

The bottom line is those who buy their energy from a “green energy” source will pay more.

Iberdrola Renewables Inc., an Oregon company, is building the 300MW project in Pasquotank and Perquimans counties in northeastern North Carolina.

“Renewable energy production is still more costly than traditional power plants, but we know there are people who want to invest in renewables,” said CCEC Craig Conrad, CEO & general manager.

“We established a Residential Solar Energy (RSE) rate to make that possible. Choosing this rate is simply voluntary and will be limited,” he said.

The newsletter says the N.C. Electric Membership Corp. will buy the electricity generated at the 37-acre farm for its member cooperatives, and CCEC’s share of the output from the farm (a maximum of 500,000 kWh/year) “will be offered on a limited basis to members who want to purchase the green energy once the facility goes online.”

CCEC needs to have some customers buy this “green energy” because it’s required to get – buy – 10% of its power from renewable sources or “energy efficiency initiatives by 2018.”

“Additionally, purchasing a portion of the output from the Murfreesboro Solar Project helps the co-op meet mandates of the 2007 N.C. Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard,” says the newsletter.

Adds Mr. Conrad: “Energy produced by this and other solar project may be less than forecast, depending on weather and other conditions outside our control. In the event the project falls short of meeting the energy requirements of members who sign up for the RSE rate, the remaining energy they use will be billed under CCEC’s residential rate.”

While conventional coal-fired energy is criticized, solar panels and wind energy produced by large industrial turbines is being held up as the solution for America. But those who think wind power is the answer are likely to be sadly mistaken.

Under the fantasy of eco-environmentalism, industrial wind power is a delusion. Study after study shows industrial wind power, promoted by legislation written principally to enrich large business concerns that delight in feeding at the government trough, causes more harm than benefit to the environment and humans, and has no consequential environmental benefit.

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