It is the reality of the world in which we live — Republicans and Democrats in the North Carolina General Assembly are often divided on complex social and economic issues. However, over 80 percent of legislation, including energy-related bills, are passed with strong bipartisan support. True, there have been some contentious debates over the right path to expanding the renewable energy economy in North Carolina, but earlier this summer it appeared as though we had turned a corner in building consensus on prioritizing renewable energy as an economic driver in our state. The North Carolina House voted 108-11 to pass an energy bill that had been hammered out over the course of a year. Before the vote, more than 30 meetings were held with a diverse set of energy stakeholders that included utilities, the renewable energy industry, environmental groups and customer advocates. These groups don’t often collaborate.
The US Department of Energy’s latest data show that South Carolina residential customers pay the second highest average electric bills in the country.
Agreeing to house a new power plant will bind Duke University to fossil fuels beyond the middle of the century, marking a serious step backward from its climate commitments while Duke Energy enjoys the profits.
Most North Carolinians know little about their Constitution, and about their rights to a clean air and water under it.
Wind as a clean energy source is in our nature along the South Carolina coast. And along the northern part of the coast, most area residents, businesses, tourists, and marine recreationists are in agreement.
South Carolina has only scratched the surface of its solar potential. How can it continue? Through better policy decisions.
More than a year after we started bringing you our daily email digest, today we launch the new Southeast Energy News, featuring original reporting from freelance contributors throughout the region.