From the mountains to the sea, our state has been blessed with deep beauty and abundant resources. North Carolina needs energy and environmental policies that protects the very best of our natural heritage while preserving low-cost power as a key competitive advantage.

Fortunately, the Old North State is already a national leader in clean and renewable energy, with one of the largest solar capacities of any state and enormous potential for low-cost wind power. Technology is speeding our transition to safer, healthier, and ultimately cheaper sources of energy, and smart-growth policies can help pave the way. Making it easier for households to choose their energy source — with on-bill financing and power purchase agreements — would let consumers take a more active role in deciding our energy future. And it would make it easier to preserve the clean air, safe water, and enduring beauty that characterize our quality of life.