Business Likes Renewable Energy

We have already heard that Apple, Facebook, Google and the American Biogas Council have advised NCGA NOT to do away with North Carolina's renewable energy requirements. The Republican majority in the House insisted on passing such legislation anyway.

Now, Triangle Business Journal is reporting, four more companies have added their names to this request:

The latest letter was sent to lawmakers June 17 and was signed by Greensboro-based clothing manufacturer VF Corp.; Mars Inc., which operates a manufacturing facility in Henderson; New Belgium Brewing, which has broken ground on a $175 million brewery in west Asheville; and Seventh Generation, a green cleaning products company whose investment arm is headquartered in Raleigh.

“The 2007 REPS law has given companies like ours the business case to build and operate in North Carolina – as it provided us the certainty and predictability we need for our business,” the letter says. “Freezing or modifying the REPS will stifle the growth of North Carolina's clean energy sector and be a step in the wrong direction.”

However, the Senate may not be inclined to listen to business either.

Shelly Carver, a spokeswoman for Senate President Pro-tem Phil Berger, says the bill has been referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources. But she says it has not been scheduled for consideration. “It is something the Senate will need to review and discuss in the coming weeks,” Carver says.

When the bill is taken up for consideration, its opponents will likely face an uphill battle. Since Republicans took control of the Senate, the upper chamber has been been less supportive of the renewable energy industry.