As Sustainable Energy conference gets underway, NC business leaders express alarm at legislative attack on renewable energy
Wednesday, Apr 17, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C., April 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Rolling back North Carolina's highly successful Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (REPS) will hurt the economy, hurt consumers and hurt job growth in the state, business owners and advocates said in a press conference call Monday.
As early as this week, lawmakers in North Carolina are expected to consider taking the next step toward repealing the REPS under House Bill 298. Ironically, attempts to repeal the renewable standard comes just as the state is trumpeting its renewable energy growth at the 10th annual Sustainable Energy Conference in Raleigh, sponsored by the N.C. Department of Commerce.
Michael Shore, CEO of FLS Energy in Asheville noted that his solar company has invested more than $70 million in the state and created scores of jobs. The renewable standard, he said, has created the right environment in the state for economic growth. Shore said: "None of this would have been possible without North Carolina making a commitment to clean energy. It has been hugely successful."
Judith Albert, executive director, Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), a non-profit, non-partisan group that promotes policies that support environmentally sustainable economic growth, said:
"According to E2's most recent clean energy and clean transportation jobs report, North Carolina was No. 2 and second only to California in job announcements in those sectors for all of 2012. That's huge. These are the types of good paying jobs that will go to other states if North Carolina repeals its renewable standard."
SOURCE Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), San Francisco, CA