Businessweek mentions N.C.’s renewable energy mandate miscue

In an article about the unlikely partnership between a Georgia-based Tea Party group and the Sierra Club, Bloomberg Businessweek briefly mentions North Carolina’s recent debate over the state’s renewable energy mandate.

In North Carolina, Representative Ruth Samuelson, a Republican from Mecklenburg, helped fight off attempts earlier this year to gut the state’s renewable energy mandate. The 2007 law—similar to ones in 29 other states—requires North Carolina’s utilities to produce more of their power (12.5 percent by 2021) from renewable energy such as wind and solar. Republican opponents had introduced a bill that would have cut the requirement in half.

It’s unfortunate that the magazine didn’t devote any space to explaining how the North Carolina mandate hurts consumers.

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