Posts by Emily Holmes

Recap of Energy Policy Council Meeting -August 16, 2017

This morning (August 16th), the Energy Policy Council (EPC) held its inaugural meeting under the Cooper Administration. The council met to consider adopting policies and goals to improve energy infrastructure that will be incorporated into its planning and reporting cycle. NCSEA staff, board members, and members were not only in attendance, but prominent presenters during the…

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NCSEA’s statement: Gov. Signs HB589

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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Investment Impacts of HB589, “Competitive Energy Solutions for North Carolina”

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 statement on HB589

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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HB589: Update from Ivan

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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NCSEA’s Statement on the House version of HB589

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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Action Alert: Contact Your Senators NOW

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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NCSEA’s statement on the Currituck County Solar Ban

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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Thank You, Ruth

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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NCSEA’s 2016 Accomplishments

As 2016 comes to a close, we reflect on a year filled with much uncertainty. This is not a new concept to us – but neither is resiliency. Thanks to your support of NCSEA, everyone in North Carolina breathes cleaner air and lives a little better. Your giving has helped grow the clean energy economy, reduced…

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