Bill retires many NC coal-fired plants, boosts renewables

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A major energy bill has been unveiled by North Carolina House Republicans.

It would direct several low-efficiency coal-fired power plants operated by Duke Energy’s North Carolina subsidiaries to transition to alternate fuels by the end of 2030.

A renewable energy procurement program made law in 2017 would also be retooled and expanded.

The legislation would contribute to a 61% reduction in carbon-based emissions in the state by 2030 when compared to 2005.

This compares to the 70% reduction sought by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper.

The bill was drawn up with input from utilities, customer groups and renewable energy boosters.

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