The Carolinas Clean Energy Business Association (CCEBA) appreciates the opportunity to have been involved in the North Carolina House leadership energy stakeholder process that resulted in H 951. We applaud the tremendous effort participating stakeholders put into this discussion, and the work done by the bill sponsors and their staff to facilitate a thoughtful and thorough discussion.
A significant expansion of North Carolina’s Competitive Procurement of Renewable Energy law (CPRE) is a keystone of this legislation. The CPRE program has delivered hundreds of millions of dollars of cost savings to North Carolina ratepayers while providing clean renewable energy, supporting thousands of jobs, and generating much needed tax revenue in some of the most economically challenged areas of our state.
CCEBA is encouraged by the proposed expansion of the CPRE program in H 951, as well as the accelerated retirement of uneconomic coal plants and an expanded opportunity for customers to participate in renewable energy programs. We look forward to continuing to work with legislators, stakeholders, and the Cooper Administration to ensure that the final bill provides North Carolinians all the benefits of competitive procurement of low cost renewable energy.