Sen. Garrett Negotiates Major Carbon Reduction in Compromise Energy Bill

H951, with 70% carbon reduction by 2030 provision, passed in a vote by the Senate on Wednesday 

Raleigh – On Wednesday afternoon, the NC Senate passed House Bill 951 with the support of a bipartisan majority of members present, including Sen. Michael Garrett (D-Guilford). The bill’s first provision empowers the NC Utilities Commission to pursue a 70% reduction in carbon emissions by the year 2030 and to net-zero carbon emissions by the year 2050. 

Senate passage of H951 comes after significant, bipartisan changes were made to the version of the bill passed by the NC House earlier in the year. Senator Garrett served on a small team of Democratic Senate negotiators who brokered a compromise between Senate Republican leadership, Governor Cooper, and other stakeholders. 

House Bill 951 now goes to the NC House for consideration. Both NC House Speaker Tim Moore and Governor Roy Cooper have expressed their support for the compromise legislation passed by the Senate today. 

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This is a good first step and needs to be passed. Our neighbors to the north, Dominion Energy, have committed to 1 GW of new solar generation facilities PER YEAR for the next five years in order to meet their carbon reduction goals. Duke and the Electrical Coops should be every bit as anxious to do the same, which will mean a revamp of the Public Utilities Commission and the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard. This will empower a well paying green jobs boom and give large farmers a source of rental income when crop prices are low or when soil is depleted. I'm helping Dominion build large solar plants whose Levelized Cost of Energy is under 3 cents per kWH, much cheaper than coal, natural gas or other, dirtier methods. I'd love to see NC become a leader in renewable generation, and begin to rearchitect the grid to support resiliency, redundancy and efficiency with microgrids, battery backup and demand management systems that will reduce the need for long distance transmission lines. Producing power where it is consumed is the most efficient possible design, instead of the traditional 'hub and spoke' architecture of massive dirty power plants.

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