Bill to end state’s renewable energy program defeated in committee vote

By a surprising margin, the House Committee on Public Utilities and Energy turned down House Bill 298, which sought an end to state subsidies for renewable energy production, such as solar farms. The bill was sponsored by Rutherford County Republican Mike Hagar, who is chair of the Public Utilities Committee and a former engineer for Duke Energy. The 18-13 defeat this afternoon came with the help of six Republicans, including Tim Moore of Cleveland County, chair of the House Rules Committee. Moore was quoted as saying, “I would have had a difficult time talking to a CEO who just brought 300 jobs to Cleveland County that I’m going to vote to eliminate this program that justified their investment.”


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0 thoughts on “Bill to end state’s renewable energy program defeated in committee vote

  1. Mitch

    Thank you Mr. Moore for having the guts to stand up to Duke Energy and create jobs in WNC.

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