A important round in the battle over the state’s energy future comes today in the House Commerce Committee. Lawmakers will be debating the absurdly named Affordable and Reliable Energy Act which would repeal the state’s modest renewable energy standard for utility companies that was passed in 2007.
Americans for the Prosperous and the Lockers are leading the charge in North Carolina to repeal the common sense requirement that the companies buy a small percentage of their power from wind or solar or other renewable resources. Quite a radical notion indeed.
Nationally the repeal push is part of the ALEC agenda and lately Grover “shrink government down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub” Norquist has weighed in to support the North Carolina repeal efforts.
What Norquist and the rest of Right Wing Avenue don’t tell you that is that there are more than 1,100 clean energy companies in North Carolina and the renewable energy industry created more than 21,000 jobs in the last five years. The N.C. Sustainable Energy Association has that compelling story. Read More…