China and the clean energy ‘race’

Although this blog doesn’t care much for Bjorn Lomborg’s alarmist views of climate science, he recently had some trenchant observations about China and clean energy. Read the rest of this entry »


Rentseekers comment on CES

Here are the rentseekers’ responses to the Bingman-Murkowski request for comments concerning a CES:

Manufacturers oppose renewable mandate in CES

Large industrial users of electricity oppose a CES mandate for wind and solar power. In comments to the Senate Energy Committee, the Electricity Consumers Resource Council expressed concern that a CES could:

  • Increase electricity costs by tens of billions of dollars because of increases in generation, transmission, storage and back-up costs;
  • Jeopardize the reliability of the power system through an unmanageable increase in intermittent power;

ELCON’s bottom line is that,

If we fail to recognize the significant cost impact, the result will be to put domestic manufacturers at a distinct disadvantage to their growing international competition which in many cases is based in the less developed world. These competitors are often protected from similar policies because they are considered an asset supporting government policies favoring the development of manufacturing technologies which provide significant employment opportunities. ELCON members urge that those developing a CES keep in mind the precarious situation of American manufacturers and not disadvantage them vis a vis their international competitors.

Since a CES will produce zero environmental benefits, why should America take the economic pain for no gain?

Tax credit extensions best CES industry to get in 2011

Given the dim legislative prospects for a CES this year, extension of of tax incentives is about the best the “clean energy” industry can expect this year. According to the Clean Energy Report,

“Senators are under pressure to move legislation that would extend certain tax credits, such as the so-called 1603 Treasury grant program for wind and solar, which are set to expire at the end of 2011. Senators may also offer tax credits for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids, and incentives for heavy- and medium-duty electrification and recharging stations that expired during last Congress or are set to expire this year, sources say.”

The GOP could end the “clean energy” industry’s role in the misguided war on carbon in 2011 by holding these subsidies hostage.