NCSEA’s Statement: Today, Governor Cooper signed into law House Bill 589, “Competitive Energy Solutions for North Carolina”. Below is a statement by Ivan Urlaub, Executive Director of the NC Sustainable Energy Association: “We applaud Governor Cooper for his thoughtful consideration of this compromise energy legislation over the last four weeks, and again express our appreciation to Rep. John…

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I. Direct Investment Impact According to RTI International, North Carolina experienced $7.8 billion in direct investments or spending on renewable energy facilities between 2007 and 2016.[1] Solar photovoltaic (PV) facilities accounted for 82% of this direct spending at $6.4 billion (in 2013$). RTI assumed this investment resulted in approximately 2,140 megawatts (MW) of PV capacity…

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NCSEA supported the original version of House Bill 589, which passed the House on June 7, and was the result of an extensive, 9-month-long stakeholder process and negotiations. This legislation would have been a bipartisan compromise that was overall good for consumers, industry, and utilities. Unfortunately, the final negotiations that occurred late last night between…

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By Dr. Leo Goff, Captain, U.S. Navy (Ret.) Every active duty and retired military professional knows operational integrity can make or break a mission and absolutely nothing replaces training in real-life scenarios. It is something the military does not compromise. After serving for 30 years in the U.S. Navy, I now work with a group…

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NCSEA Friends, As you likely know, comprehensive energy legislation was introduced on June 5 in the form of House Bill 589, “Competitive Energy Solutions for North Carolina.” This bill is the result of nearly one year of stakeholder discussions – over the course of more than 30 meetings – in which NCSEA played a leading…

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Comprehensive energy legislation introduced today will help North Carolina remain globally competitive, while securing long-term economic opportunities across the state. House Bill 589 is the result of over 30 collaborative stakeholder meetings attended by a diverse group of renewable energy, consumer advocacy organizations, and utilities, in the past year. NCSEA was honored to participate and…

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Renewable Energy & Private Property Rights Under Attack Senators Brown, Sanderson, and Pate have renewed their attack on clean and renewable wind energy. This time it’s in the form of Senate Bill 331, the “Military Operations Protection Act of 2017.” The bill, if enacted would impose a three-year moratorium on the permitting of all onshore and…

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It is unfortunate that Currituck County residents will miss out on future jobs and land-lease payments from additional local solar development. The recent move to ban new solar projects from coming to the area shuts the door on the millions of dollars* in economic development and increased property tax revenues generated by existing Currituck County…

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In her 57 years of life, Ruth Samuelson was many things to many people. Among her many roles: wife, mother, friend, mentor – and a principled change-maker. Today and in the years to come, NC Sustainable Energy Association cherishes the legacy of Ruth, a Republican who saw past the traditional “us vs. them” and fought…

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