If House Bill 589 passes, it would make important reforms to North Carolina's PURPA contract lengths and qualifying facility sizes — but it would not change how avoided-cost rates are set. Montana just showed it can be done.
Version 4 takes a couple of small steps in the right direction in competitive procurement and adds sensible provisions on decommission and reclamation of solar projects and on a moratorium on new wind projects till further study.
Rep. Jimmy Dixon's (R-Duplin) amendment removed a section calling for a study of existing property tax exclusions for solar facilities and possible new ones for swine and poultry waste energy facilities.
The vast majority of states don't think music therapy requires occupational licensing. There are several alternatives to licensing that address concerns with an industry without keeping people from their constitutional right to earn a living.
Reagan observed that government programs are the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see. It took 17 years plus a president with deregulation on the agenda to end a program preparing the federal government to fight the Year 2000 bug.