I know that like me, you take pride that North Carolina is a solar energy leader, not only in the region, but in the nation. Since 2007, we have been the only state in the Southeast with a renewable energy portfolio standard that requires a certain portion of our energy comes from clean, renewable sources.
However, the forward-thinking policies that got us here are under attack in our state legislature. Click here to show your support for clean energy in North Carolina.
So what exactly is happening? Just days ago, members of the NC House passed a measure (H 760, Regulatory Reform Act of 2015) that freezes our Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (REPS) and and makes other changes that will almost certainly slow the number of new solar projects in the state going forward to a trickle.
The result? Less jobs and investment in our communities from the solar industry, and more reliance on dirty fossil fuels to meet our energy needs.
Is this a done deal? Absolutely not.
The NC Senate still has a chance to stop this attack on North Carolina’s solar industry. But in order for state Senators to know that their constituents reject these attacks, they need to hear from you today!
Thanks for taking action today to keep North Carolina the clean energy leader in the Southeast.
Associate Field Organizer, North Carolina Sierra Club
P.S. – The Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard has saved North Carolinians $162 million since it was adopted and will save ratepayers an additional $489 million by 20291. Click here to tell your legislators not to mess with our successful clean energy policy.
1 – RTI International. (2015). Economic and Rate Impact Analysis of Clean Energy Development in North Carolina—2015 Update. Retrieved May 13, 2015, from http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.energync.org/resource/resmgr/Resources_Page/RTI_2015.pdf