2016 Legislative Agenda
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North Carolina is now home to a $7 billion clean energy industry with nearly 26,000 jobs found in every region of our state. These innovative advancements have made our state healthier and more secure, with a stronger economy and new sources of tax revenues for our state and local government tax bases, while being a better steward of our land and air. Electricity customers have also begun to see lower monthly bills due to our utilities' energy portfolio including more renewable energy resources and energy efficiency solutions versus if we abandoned our existing suite of energy policies. Data and independent analyses prove that North Carolina and her citizens are benefiting from and are better off with clean energy.
The NC Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) strives to assist policymakers in understanding how existing energy policies have made North Carolinians better off and how deliberate policymaking can optimize delivery of these benefits to North Carolinians over the next decade and beyond.
Within North Carolina’s highly-regulated, monopoly controlled electricity market, an existing suite of energy policies allows limited market competition which is attracting investment, driving business opportunities and creating jobs in renewable energy and energy efficiency – all at a savings to ratepayers.
Specifically, NCSEA will work with policymakers in 2016 to:
- Seek energy policy certainty to ensure stable business signals are sent to customers and investors who expect access to clean energy
- Facilitate optimal deployment of emerging renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency solutions
- Ensure that all North Carolinians continue to benefit from clean energy development
To achieve these outcomes, NCSEA will work to:
- Maintain the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (REPS) law
- Maintain net metering
- Support a path for customer-sited clean energy technologies to become least cost resources
We also stand ready to discuss and educate decision makers on the following topics related to clean energy: energy storage, consumer options and access to electricity data, utility business model and rate design, intelligent grid infrastructure, electric transportation; current use, cost and value of clean energy; employment, economic and rate impacts of clean energy.
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