Recent newspaper articles have discussed the John Locke Foundation's view that the state legislature should repeal the 2007 state renewable energy mandate bill (SB 3). Here's a bit more information on why SB 3 should be repealed, along with some thoughts about the views expressed in those articles. The SB 3 Mandate SB 3 mandates that utility companies generate at least 7.5% of their electricity from renewable energy sources (such as biomass, solar, and wind). If a bill mandated coal or nuclear power, this also would be a problem. Utility companies should be generating electricity from the most reliable and inexpensive sources of electricity, whatever those sources may be. If those sources are wind and solar, so be it. Costs: Due to this mandate, North Carolina electricity customers have to pay far more for electricity. Utility companies don't bear the costs--they pass on the costs to customers.