Motion denied

As a follow up to Hope Taylor’s “Up in Steam” article published in the Dec. 3 Xpress, there is not-so-exciting news on NC SAVE$—a proposal for an independent, statewide approach to energy-efficient programs that focuses on making homes more efficient, keeping savings in consumers’ pockets and creating locally based green-collar jobs. The Utilities Commission has denied a motion requesting that the commission establish this independently administered energy-efficiency program in North Carolina.

While disappointing, this is by no means a defeat, but rather a speed bump in the road to a better, more energy-efficient North Carolinian future. It’s up to the General Assembly to act now. The time is now, North Carolina, to stop the destruction of the Appalachian mountaintops and to stop building more and more inefficient base-load coal and nuclear-power plants that are not needed. The time is now, North Carolina, to move to a more energy-efficient and green society.

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