State: Coal Ash
Support legislation that provides for prudent, cost-effective and environmentally sound disposal options for coal combustion residuals, while minimizing the costs Duke Energy will ultimately attempt to pass on to all customers.
State: Pole Attachments
Municipalities should not be required to subsidize private for-profit business that use municipal infrastructure and those users should pay their fair share of the costs.
State: Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards (REPS) Compliance
Ensure any changes to REPS allow municipal electric providers to comply with regulations in ways that are achievable, cost-effective and take into account the cost to consumers.
State: Territorial Rights of Municipalities
Maintain and protect municipal electric systems existing territorial rights to serve electric load inside boundaries and outside municipal limits within reasonable limitations.
State: Renewable Energy, Third Party Sales and Net Metering
Oppose legislation that would impose renewable energy mandates on municipalities or that would prevent municipalities from developing policies that were in the best interests of their citizens.
Federal: Tax Reform
We support the continued ability of municipalities to use tax exempt financing and advocate for the development of comparable tax incentives for all electric energy providers.
Federal: Cyber and Physical Security Legislation
We support Congressional interest in the electric grid but oppose passage of legislation that fails to adequately recognize the current federally mandated programs established under the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC).
Federal: Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Issues
We work with national groups on key issues that impact our public power systems, such as climate change, the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) promulgation of greenhouse gas rules, addressing new air regulations, monitoring Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) policies, and promoting nuclear power through energy legislation, including a clean energy standard.
Federal: Disposal of Nuclear Waste - Yucca Mountain
We work with national groups to advocate for the completion of the evaluation of Yucca Mountain as the long term storage solution for spent nuclear fuel and monitor legislative action on key issues related to disposal of nuclear waste.
Federal: Energy Policy Reforms
Work with national groups to advocate to retain local control over electric distribution systems.
The North Carolina General Assembly wrapped up the bulk of its work on June 26, coming back into town briefly in early July to act on the governor’s vetoes. Legislators plan to return Sept. 2 to address anything needed regarding Covid-19 funding issues and appointments. It is no surprise that the session was taken up […]