Dear Consumers Energy,

Why asking me for $1.50 per month to help you build more windmills is ridiculous: A new study from Utah State University found that, as of 2013, Michigan’s renewable energy mandate, enacted in 2008, has cost families and businesses here a bundle: $15.1 billion overall, or $3,830 per family, compared to what we would have… Continue reading Dear Consumers Energy,

Open letter to Consumers Energy

I recently received from you a mailing asking me to contribute $1.50 per month to something called the Green Generation program. According to that letter, my contribution would support “projects like the Michigan Wind Farm in Ubly, which generates enough enough electricity to power every home in a city the size of Battle Creek for… Continue reading Open letter to Consumers Energy

Citizens for Enervating Michigan’s Economy

"Citizens for Energizing Michigan's Economy" opposes competition among Michigan's electricity suppliers. The Mackinac Center for Public Policy has some thoughts on CEME's recent misleading ad campaign. (The ad can be viewed from that link, if you aren't aware of it.)A new commercial is attempting to make Michigan residents fear electricity deregulation.It claims that Texas "decided… Continue reading Citizens for Enervating Michigan’s Economy

Why you should not vote for Rick Snyder

Be not afraid: Your vote will not hand a victory to the Democrats and it will not be “wasted.” Snyder has a 20 point lead. Voting for a limited government candidate will send him a message, not elect his opponent. Why does Mr. Snyder need such a message? Mainly because he sincerely believes government should… Continue reading Why you should not vote for Rick Snyder

Electrolitism

First the NYT, now Slate, recognize that Electric Vehicle subsidies are a boondoggle.  This Slate article points out that the market for 4 seat electric hatchbacks with the appointments of a Cobalt, but priced like a BMW 335i, is composed primarily of those whose household income is over $200K, and "where weather, state regulations, and… Continue reading Electrolitism

More Electric Vehicle news

When you've lost the New York Times, well you've lost an elitist institution most of whose members wouldn't have bought a Volt in any event.So the future of General Motors (and the $50 billion taxpayer investment in it) now depends on a vehicle that costs $41,000 but offers the performance and interior space of a… Continue reading More Electric Vehicle news

Electric Vehicle news

Not good. Kenneth P. Green, at The American Enterprise Blog, crunches some numbers on the $41,000 Chevy Volt. Read the whole thing, but here are some highlights: [The Volt is] more than twice as expensive as a comparable gasoline-driven car. ...[T]he government will give each ...[buyer] a $7,500 subsidy, and another grand if they install… Continue reading Electric Vehicle news

Neveready

Veronique de Rugy, NRO: Life Saver: The Battery? I do see the immediate benefit for the factory owner that will receive the stimulus money, but this money has direct and indirect costs that will ultimately hurt the economy. First, let's remember that this money doesn't fall from the sky; in order to spend it, Obama… Continue reading Neveready

Default and battery

Lithicus,I think this discussion merits more visibility than just an addition to the comment thread on the post wherein I complained (also here) about the subsidization of battery manufacture in Michigan, so I am replying here. You wrote:In a ideal world, government would not get involved in free enterprise. I'm no fan of picking winners and… Continue reading Default and battery

Batteries are very expensive

It isn't just LG Chem, the South Korean company mentioned yesterday, getting free money for making batteries that the market obviously doesn't want. It's also A123 Systems, based in Massachusetts. In 2009, the [Michigan] Legislature authorized $100 million "refundable" business tax credits for both A123 Systems and LG Chem.* "Refundable" means that the state will… Continue reading Batteries are very expensive