This could be a game-changer.
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Earlier this month, state Representative John Szoka (R-Cumberland) introduced HB 245: the Energy Freedom Act. This bill would legalize third-party energy sales in North Carolina, which would allow energy users to buy their electricity directly from renewable energy companies.
But just as soon as this solar access bill was introduced, Duke Energy and its team of lobbyists took to the NC legislature with a mission to stop it dead in its tracks.
The Energy Freedom Act, if passed, will allow companies to offer business and residential customers long-term contracts for affordable solar energy without the up-front costs of having to purchase solar panels. The company selling the electricity would own and maintain the panels and sell affordable clean energy to customers. This is a common-sense policy that will save North Carolinians money and protect public health.
Only four states in the nation don’t allow business and residents this option–and we are one of them. Rep. Szoka’s bill would give North Carolinians the freedom of energy choice that most other Americans already enjoy.
The Energy Freedom Act will reduce the need for expensive, polluting traditional power plants and infrastructure, and will help North Carolinians reduce their energy bills by allowing them to choose affordable and cleaner options like solar. Third-party sales can also provide much-needed flexibility to public institutions and the military to reduce their energy costs by allowing them to choose cheaper and more reliable energy sources.
Thanks for all that you do.