North Carolina Takes Major Step toward Competitive, Clean Energy Future with New Legislation

Statement from David Kelly, Manager, North Carolina Political Affairs, Environmental Defense Fund

June 6, 2017
Erica Fick, (512) 691-3406,

(Raleigh, NC – June 6, 2017) Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) hailed today’s vote by the North Carolina House Energy and Public Utilities Committee to advance legislation aimed at encouraging the development of more affordable, clean, and reliable energy throughout the state. The Competitive Energy Solutions Act, also known as House Bill 589, will create a number of new competitive market opportunities for clean energy businesses, as well as greater choice and access to clean energy for customers.

“While we have reservations about some elements in the bill, we believe that – taken in total – the Competitive Energy Solutions Act represents an important step toward North Carolina’s clean energy future. This bill will further secure a favorable economic climate for clean energy business growth, continue to attract investment in new renewable energy development across the state, and deliver on the public’s demand for cleaner, healthier, safer energy sources.”

HB 589 is the result of almost a year of extensive stakeholder negotiations among renewable energy groups, consumer advocacy organizations, and utilities. The bill will now move to the House Finance Committee where it must be approved before heading to the House floor for a full vote of the Chamber.

  • David Kelly, Manager, North Carolina Political Affairs, EDF Clean Energy Program

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