YOUR ELECTRIC BILL
In Alaska, greens are demanding mandates that are likely to increase energy costs. First we must look at what is happening in other states.
Rates Soaring in Some, not All States
HOW HIGH COULD RATES GO?
National average electricity costs are now 12.8¢/kwh; Alaska statewide average is 21.0¢/kwh, (US EIA, Feb 2023). A Chugach home using ~740 kwh/month would now be paying about 22¢/kwh.
Rates have exploded in the last few years in many states:
In some states, irresponsible green energy mandates are in various stages of implementation, swamping electric utility customers. In others, spikes in natural gas generation fuel costs that can be caused by green opposition to needed new production, pipelines or transmission lines.
And this can be just what many radical green energy advocates want! They welcome extremely high energy utility rates (electricity and natural gas) which are convenient to make expensive solar and wind projects look competitive. It’s part of their bigger agenda of forcing users into lifestyle changes including forcing more use of bicycles, buses and electric vehicles!!
5/12/23 - Fox News (Laura Ingraham) - California "environmental justice" mandate model expanding across the country [4:45 min] - Daniel Turner (Power the Future) - Rolling blackouts coming!
6/24/21 - Real Clear Energy - Blackouts Loom in California as Electricity Prices Are ‘Absolutely Exploding’ - Robert Bryce - The state’s surging energy costs demonstrate the regressive nature of decarbonization policies and how renewable-energy mandates drive up the price of power. California’s electricity prices are “absolutely exploding,” says Mark Nelson... the blackouts and high electricity prices that are plaguing California provide a neon-lit warning sign about the electric reliability and energy affordability crises that loom if policymakers attempt to decarbonize our economy too quickly.
5/5/22 - Newsweek - California Is Impoverishing Its Low-Income Residents With Electricity Prices
- Robert Bryce - The ongoing price hikes are terrible news for low- and middle-income consumers in California, which has the highest poverty rate in the country....
There's a lesson here for the rest of the United States, not just about how not to run an electric grid, but about who bears the cost of some of the most extreme measures to combat climate change.
California policymakers need a big dose of energy realism. It's time for them to admit the obvious: Expensive energy is the enemy of the poor.
2/15/22 - Energy in Depth - New England’s Natural Gas Infrastructure Blockade Leads to Emissions Spike - Nicole Jacobs - New England is in a particularly difficult spot because of lack of investment in natural gas infrastructure thanks to efforts to block this development: “New England’s natural gas pipeline capacity is also limited, making it difficult to ramp up deliveries into the region when needed. A series of proposals to expand that capacity to bring in more supply have been rejected in recent years due to public opposition to new pipeline infrastructure.”
2/18/22 - Real Clear Energy - Northeast Pipeline Blockade Delivers Trifecta of Bad Outcomes: Dependence on Fuel Oil, Higher Prices, and More Foreign Energy Imports - Dan Byers - Spoiler alert: there is no question that the Northeastern U.S. pays more for energy than the rest of the country (and has for years), but the driving factor isn’t surging exports to other countries. Rather, it is opposition to pipeline infrastructure that has left the region unable to access sufficient supplies of affordable energy. Simply put, natural gas pipelines that could bring abundant gas supplies from Appalachia’s Marcellus shale region have been blocked at every turn over many years.
Transmission Line attempting to bring low cost Quebec hydro power to Massachusetts opposed by greens (and even Tucker Carlson who has a Maine camp on a lake near it!).
5/4/21 - Gizmodo - The Weird, Unholy Alliance of Tucker Carlson and Environmentalists - Molly Taft
4/20/23 - Fox News/AP - Maine jury rules in favor of $1B plan connecting US grid to Canadian hydropower
New York State is a huge natural gas consumer but it bans shale gas production.
4/24/20 - IER - New York Needs Natural Gas But Bans Hydraulic Fracturing Technology - New York produces less than 1 percent of the natural gas it consumes and imports the rest from outside its borders. Natural gas consumption in New York is large, being used for heating, electricity generation, and many industrial uses. Natural gas produced 40 percent of the state’s electricity last year and is expected to produce 50 percent of its electricity next year as a result of New York’s shuttering of the Indian Point nuclear power plant.
8/17/22 - Spectrum News - Zeldin seeks reversal of New York's ban on natural gas drilling - Nick Reisman - New York banned fracking after a long campaign by environmental groups, which have also opposed pipeline construction and other forms of natural gas extraction... "We took on the fossil fuel industry then and we won,"
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