REPS Repeal Bill Voted Down in House Committee, Opposition is Bipartisan

 

For Immediate Release


April 24, 2013




REPS Repeal Bill Voted Down in House Committee, Opposition is Bipartisan

Common Sense Triumphs in Battle to Keep Clean Energy Standard


Raleigh  - Earlier today, the House Public Utilities Committee rejected H 298, the “Affordable and Reliable Energy Act,” with bipartisan opposition and objections from the business community.   This bill would have gutted the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (REPS) that requires NC utilities to source a portion of their energy from renewable sources.


“Today, a House committee reaffirmed the commitment North Carolina made in 2007 to establish the first renewable energy portfolio standard in the Southeast,” said Molly Diggins, state director of the North Carolina Sierra Club.  “This clean energy standard has enabled North Carolina to come from behind to become a leader in developing sources of clean energy, to the benefit of public health and the economy.”


“We commend the bipartisan  leadership that was demonstrated today by making sure that our business environment remains friendly for clean energy investors,” added Diggins.


This vote caps off a week of strong support for clean energy in the state, coming days after Google announced its commitment to boost its clean energy consumption at its Lenoir, NC facility and Duke Energy’s announcement that it has boosted its goal to have 6,000 MW of renewable energy in its portfolio by 2020.  



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