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April 02, 2013

Americans for Prosperity-NC fights to lower power bills by stopping green energy mandates, radical environmental extremists

RALEIGH, NC – Republican lawmakers leading the General Assembly have a responsibility to save North Carolina families from needlessly high electricity prices by freezing Green energy mandates designed by radical environmental extremists to purposely inflict North Carolina citizens with higher energy prices, according to Americans for Prosperity-North Carolina, State Director Dallas Woodhouse.

Americans for Prosperity – North Carolina, the state’s leading advocate for economic freedom, has called on members of the North Carolina House of Representatives to support House Bill 298 – the Affordable and Reliable Energy Act. This bill, if passed, will rollback and cap the renewable energy portfolio standard (RPS) mandate set in a law signed by former Governor Mike Easley in 2007. The RPS mandate states that by 2021, the state’s investor-owned utilities must provide 12.5 percent of their energy from “green” renewable sources.

“The Easley RPS mandate was an irresponsible, regressive, energy-taxing piece of legislation that is already hurting business and families with increased utility bills for North Carolinians,” said Dallas Woodhouse, state director of AFP-North Carolina. “The Obama Administration has failed at picking winners in the energy market at the federal level; it is ludicrous to think we can determine the market at the state level.”

AFP-North Carolina is also launching a new website, to help suffering rate payers contact their lawmakers in support of HB298.

Woodhouse continued, “If the Affordable and Reliable Energy Act passes, energy companies in North Carolina will once again enjoy the freedom to choose which production methods are best to supply North Carolinians with consistent electricity at market prices. The General Assembly’s one and only goal should be guaranteeing citizens reliable cheap energy to heat our homes and fuel our lives.”

RPS mandates use several basic mechanisms to force utility companies to either generate or sell renewable energy to consumers. A utility can design a plan on how it will meet the specified goal; however, the state can impose further regulatory burdens if the utility will fail to reach the renewable energy goal.

House Bill 298 will come before the Commerce and Job Development Subcommittee on Energy and Emerging Markets at 11:00AM on Wednesday.

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