Care about having a sane energy policy?

Richard Harkrader is one of (if not THE most) knowledgeable people on renewable energy in North Carolina. I received this email from him today:

As everyone is well aware, this is an important election. With all the attention on the national race, the governor's race has been in the background. I want to make sure everyone concerned about energy knows how important it is for NC to elect Bev Perdue.

The next governor will be appointing 3 or 4 NC Utilities Commissioners, for energy efficiency to become a major resource utility rate making rules need to change, the REPS will need major political support to succeed and off shore wind and drilling issues will need to be addressed. Bev Perdue understands these challenges and is willing to take on the existing power structures to make the necessary changes. She says decoupling and changing our energy economy are important. On the other hand, McCory, a 30 year Duke Energy employee, doesn't get it. In his web site's energy policy section and in his speeches, he promotes the same incremental policies NC has been pursuing for 25 years while we know BIG changes are necessary.


McCrory apologists need not comment

This is one of many areas where Mayor Pat is flat-out missing in action.

Doubts about Dole?

Agree with Harkrader on Bev Perdue

Harkrader is absolutely right. The NC Utilities Commission is where the rules get written. Just as the Bush Administration will try to gut the Endangered Species Act on their way out the door by rewriting the enforcement rules, a McCrory Administration in Raleigh would gut 20 years of work that folks like Richard have done to promote renewable energy and distributed green energy generation in NC. Bev, on the other hand, authored the NC Green Act and supports the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) recommendation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050. And that's not just campaign rhetoric. She has a four pronged plan to make that happen. "To achieve such meaningful reductions in our greenhouse gases, we must take action on multiple fronts. These include: 1) making alternative energy use and energy efficiency major components of our public policy; 2) growing one of the nation’s leading green economies; 3) pursuing regional cooperation; and 4) changing the paradigm of public utility power."

This is a critical difference between the candidates. If progressive climate change policy is important to you, Bev is your candidate for Governor.

I agree wholeheartedly, Tim

The NC Utilities Commission is where the rules get written.

And there's something else a lot of people may not be aware of about the NCUC--if you want to install Solar, hydro, wind, or any other type of personal power generation on or around your home, you have to apply for a permit from the Utilities Commission.

For the last year or so, it appears the NCUC has been very cooperative and quick with these permit approvals, but I'm afraid a McCrory victory might bring that to a screeching halt.