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In August 2007, North Carolina became one of the first states in the country to pass legislation requiring utilities to generate more electricity from renewable energy sources. This law mandates that by 2018, 10% of our energy in NC must come from renewable sources such as wind, solar, water and biomass. The primary goal is to reduce carbon emissions (aka greenhouse gases). This has great impact on how we supply your electricity due to the high costs of generating and delivering energy from renewable sources.
Federal legislation is also pending in the U.S. Congress to increase renewable energy resources and impose a tax on carbon emissions. If these measures pass as currently written, your electric rates could increase by 40% or more. We feel strongly that more consumer protection is needed.
Electric co-ops across the nation are working with Congress to develop legislation that is realistic and workable. We invite you to join this effort by adding your own voice to keep reminding our legislators that cost does matter. BEMC is working toward meeting the mandates, but we need your help to press Congress to come up with a balanced solution that achieves the environmental goals, while still providing the reliable, safe and affordable electricity that is critical to every American family.
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Click on links below for specific articles of interest.
Glossary of Terms (Detailed list)
Energy Policy 101 - basic terminology (Quick reference)