North Carolina renewable energy standard focus of forum

Associated Press

North Carolina renewable energy standard focus of forum

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Opponents of a 2007 law that mandates certain amounts of electricity sold in North Carolina originate from sources like solar panels and wind farms are making a late-session push to get final legislation passed to freeze those levels.

The American Energy Alliance sponsored a forum Wednesday in a General Assembly office building. Speakers included two lawmakers who have backed efforts this year to freeze the renewable portfolio standard at the current 6 percent and limit how much utilities can charge ratepayers for compliance.

Other participants included the creator of a solar house at North Carolina State University and a policy analyst who says the standard is hurting the state's economy. Renewable energy advocates contend the standard has created thousands of jobs and is resulting in cheaper power.

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