North Carolina Chapter Sierra Club

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.

Click here to speak up for the progress we’ve made and ask you state Senator to fix H 760 and remove the attack on clean energy!

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!

Click here for more information and to contact your state Senator today.

Thanks for taking action today to keep North Carolina the clean energy leader in the Southeast.

Yours,

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Jacquie Ayala

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

Duke Energy can’t stop the sun

North Carolina Chapter Sierra Club

This could be a game-changer.

Click here to support the ability for all North Carolinians to find affordable solar solutions!

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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.

Click here to support the Energy Freedom Act to make sure Duke Energy doesn’t stand in the way of North Carolinians having the opportunity to meet their energy needs with solar power!

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.

Click here to watch our video about how third party sales would benefit North Carolinians.

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.

Your voice is critical! Tell your representative to support HB 245 and stand up for consumer choice for clean energy solutions!

Thanks for all that you do.

Great America Clean Up – Charlotte Edition

Here are some fun opportunities to give back to out community and help to clean up Charlotte. If you’re interested in helping to organize a work group, contact Bill Gupton.

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Keep Charlotte Beautiful to host local cleanup events

From March 1 to May 31, Keep Charlotte Beautiful (KCB) will participate in Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup, the country’s largest community improvement program.

In celebration of the Charlotte edition of the Great American Cleanup, KCB will host six local cleanup events, all of which will be held 9 a.m. to noon and will start at the following meeting locations:

  • The Greater Enderly Park Litter Cleanup
    Saturday, March 14
    Enderly Park
    1501 Enderly Road
  • Eastway-Sheffield Litter Cleanup
    Saturday, March 21
    Eastway Middle School
    1501 Norland Road
  • Ridge Road Litter Cleanup
    Saturday, April 18
    Ridge Road Middle School
    7260 Highland Creek Parkway
  • Oaklawn Park Litter Cleanup
    Saturday, April 18
    Meeting location to be determined
  • Little Sugar Creek Stream Cleanup
    Saturday, May 2
    Cordelia Park
    2100 North Davidson Street
  • Grier Heights Neighborhood Cleanup
    Saturday, May 16
    Billingsville Elementary School
    124 Skyland Avenue

Local residents who are interested in participating in the Great American Cleanup are also encouraged to organize their own event by hosting a tree planting party, adopting a local stream or city street, cleaning up a field that has become an illegal dump site, collecting recyclables on their block and more. KCB will provide trash bags, litter pickers and safety vests to groups that organize their own Great American Cleanup event.

For more information, visit kcb.charmeck.org or the organization’s Great American Cleanup webpage to register for one of the events.

BREAKING: Keystone XL moves forward in Nebraska – Take Action

BREAKING: Keystone XL just won a victory over landowners in Nebraska.

Tell President Obama — it’s time to reject KXL once and for all!

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Just hours ago, the Nebraska Supreme Court failed to nullify the unconstitutional law that places Keystone XL above the rights of landowners to protect their land and water.

While this wrongheaded decision is a blow to our friends who have bravely fought Keystone XL on the ground in Nebraska for years, it also puts this dirty tar sands pipeline one step closer to being rejected. Now that the route in Nebraska is known, the Obama administration can finally decide if KXL is in our national interest.

The end of this fight is now in sight. President Obama has all the information he needs to reject Keystone XL once and for all. Take action now to urge the president to reject KXL!

President Obama has made it clear that Keystone XL can’t be in our national interest — and thus must be rejected — if it increases carbon pollution and makes climate change worse.

It has always been clear that Keystone XL will do just that. In 2014 alone, three major tar sands projects were canceled because they were simply unprofitable given rising costs, lower oil prices and lack of market access from pipelines like Keystone XL. Approving Keystone XL would open the floodgates of climate-damaging tar sands crude flowing through the U.S. — which is just what Big Oil needs to expand production.

In short, every day it becomes more and more clear that this dirty pipeline to nowhere makes no sense. It fails President Obama’s climate test, and must be rejected. Tell President Obama it’s time to reject Keystone XL once and for all!

The only ones who still want this disastrous pipeline are the oil industry and its bought-and-paid-for friends in Congress. We saw this again today as the House of Representatives voted to approve KXL, fulfilling their promise to Big Oil. That bill failed to get enough votes to override President Obama’s promised veto, and the president still has the sole authority to decide this matter once and for all.

What this vote did do, however, was show once again that while the rest of the country is ready to invest in clean, renewable energy, they’re investing in denial and trying desperately to keep America dependent on outdated sources of fuel.

We agree with these Big Oil-backed politicians on one thing: The approval process for Keystone XL has gone on long enough, and it’s time to wrap it up and reject Keystone XL once and for all. Take a moment right now to urge President Obama to reject Keystone XL.

Thanks for doing your part to defeat this toxic pipeline,

Michael Brune
Sierra Club Executive Director

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NC Clean Power Plan – Jan 12 Sierra Club Webinar

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We know that Governor Pat, the Republican lead NC legislature and DENR will do everything possible to delay and weaken a Clean Power Plan for North Carolina.  We also know that the Koch Brothers, ALEC, the John Locke Foundation, Duke Energy, and the oil and gas industry will be actively lobbying our Governor and elected officials to oppose a strong Clean Power Plan. We need all hands on deck to be a part of a North Carolina Clean Clean Power plan fight. And you can’t be an effective advocate and activist if you don’t know the facts. That’s why you need to join us Monday, January 12th, from  5:00 til 6:00 for a Sierra Club Clean Power Plan webinar!

Clean Power Plan 101 Webinar

Monday, January 12th

5:00pm-6:00pm

Click here to register – Clean Power Plan NC 101 Registration

NeighborWoods Tree Program – Now Accepting Applications

Here’s a chance for your neighborhood to help protect our tree canopy! Talk to your neighbors and apply!

The City of Charlotte has announced that TreesCharlotte’s NeighborWoods Tree Canopy Program is currently accepting applications.  This is a wonderful opportunity for your neighborhood to receive free trees and tree care resources.  Learn more below.

Applications for the Fall 2015 – Spring 2016 planting season being accepted now, application deadline is May 1stAttendance at a Pre-Application Workshop is required.

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Applications for the Fall 2015 – Spring 2016 planting season being accepted now, application deadline is May 1stAttendance at a Pre-Application Workshop is required.

Save the Date! Historic Thousands on Jones St. Moral March

The HKonJ coalition is holding the 9th annual mass moral march on Raleigh and people’s assembly.

When: Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Where: Shaw University
               105 E South St.
Raleigh, NC 27601

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
March beings at 10:00 a.m.

More details here, or contact Rev. Curtis E. Gatewood through email or phone at
919-682-4700.

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