The potential for solar energy capacity in the state of North Carolina is … bright. But it would be brighter if the state’s legislative leaders and Utilities Commission were not implementing policies to hamper its development, according to a joint opinion piece by June Blotnick and Dr. H. Kim Lyerly in the News & Observer (March 27). Presenting an overview of the areas in which solar energy might benefit the state, the two writers offer an invitation to share in the recommendations of the 2017 NC… Continue Reading »
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Coastal Review writer Kirk Ross reports on major changes in energy policy about to be considered by the North Carolina General Assembly, particularly regarding solar energy policy. Changes appear to have been shaped by “a large stakeholder group of industry and environmental advocates,” as quoted from a speech by Rep. Chuck McGrady (R) of Henderson. McGrady is a former president of the national Sierra Club. The state currently ranks second in solar production, with California leading the list.