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North Carolina Mulls Renewable Energy Rollback

A legislative committee approves a bill that would repeal a renewable energy requirement first adopted in 2007

North Carolina is considering abandoning a regulation requiring electric utilities to generate 12.5 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2021. This photo was taken near Palm Springs, California.
Image Credit: DB King

A bill narrowly approved by a North Carolina legislative committee would repeal renewable energy requirements established in 2007.

The state became a regional leader when it passed legislation requiring electric utilities to generate 12.5 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2021, according to a post at Climate Progress and now ranks fifth in the nation in solar energy development. North Carolina has 1,100 clean-energy companies collectively generating $3.7 billion in revenues a year.

The renewable energy requirement also has helped create more than 21,000 jobs, while lowering residential power bills, the report said. But the program has been a target of conservative critics.

The repeal measure, HB298, won committee approval on a 11-10 vote April 3. Its sponsor, state Rep. Mike Hager, a Republican, said its goal is to stop underwriting private industry with government funds. Despite the committee vote, no quick resolution is in sight.

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