North Carolina job growth would be hurt if the Legislature passes House Bill 298. This bill would dismantle the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard established by a bipartisan legislature in 2007.
The reason for the REPS was to offer a way for utilities to diversify fuel choices by having a small percentage of energy from renewable sources like solar and wind. This is just what has happened. Also, our state, because of REPS, has experienced a proliferation of clean energy industries: more than 1,000 N.C. companies and 15,000 clean energy jobs have been generated.
According to Ivan Urlaub, the executive director of the N.C. Sustainable Energy Association, “Policies such as North Carolina’s REPS law have proven to be a workhorse for the state, not only in terms of the increased choice for energy sources they produce, but also for the thousands of new jobs, expanded business opportunities, and needed cost savings they generate.”
I urge readers to contact their local legislators. We need policies like REPS to create jobs and to promote clean energy industries right here in N.C. Find your representative at http://www.ncleg.net.
— Grace Curry