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Perdue announces energy reforms

Posted May 21, 2009

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— Gov. Bev Perdue on Thursday announced her energy reform package to attract businesses, create jobs and promote a sustainable green economy in North Carolina.

Perdue said a green economy is a "cornerstone" of her vision for the state's economic future and that her reforms will lay the foundation for the state to lead the nation in green energy.

SAS Solar Farm Perdue pushes N.C. to go green

“The state that gets ‘green’ right will own the next 50 years,” Perdue said. “I intend for North Carolina to be that state.”

She made the announcement at the SAS Solar Farm in Cary, which provides solar-generated power to Progress Energy. The more-than-5,000 solar panels reduce carbon emissions each year by an estimated 1,600 tons.

Highlights of the governor’s energy plan include moving the state energy office to the Department of Commerce to improve coordination across programs to deliver services more efficiently and effectively.

Perdue also wants to establish an Energy Investment Revolving Loan Fund with $18 million in federal stimulus money to provide low- and no-interest loans to finance energy-saving projects at businesses, local governments, schools, nonprofits and other places

Another $10 million in federal recovery funds will go to the Green Business Fund. It awards competitive grants to businesses and organizations with projects in bio-fuels, green construction, environmentally friendly technology and renewable energy products.

Other highlights of her plan include using nearly $7 million in federal recovery funds to provide training for green jobs and $72 million in other energy efficiency and renewal energy projects in small businesses and industries, as well as cities and counties.

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  • ridgerunner May 22, 2009

    Last week Bev was speaking out against the renewal of Alcoa's license to operate the hydroelectric plants on the Yadkin river. You know, clean the original green power, no air polution, no radation. Rave on Bev.

  • Nonewsisgoodnews May 22, 2009

    Agreed, nuclear power is where we should be going. Solar technology is evolving fast, but its not nearly mature enough for implementing yet.

  • Nonewsisgoodnews May 22, 2009

    Is this really going to save money or energy and create enough jobs to make up for all of those state employees who are losing their job now. Many more then 7000 teachers alone. What are you really getting accomplished Perdue? This isn't a time to seek out extra credit, please worry about giving the money and necessary for operation jobs back before you worry where to spend more and create new experimental ones.

  • BSEE-View May 22, 2009

    We need more nuclear power. It is greener than a bunch of this other stuff in the long run. Now, I am not saying stop the research, etc. for these other alternatives. But nuclear will cut the use of coal for electricity and that alone will clean the air. Keep working on solar and biofuels and others but nuclear is already here and ready to be used--just use it already.

  • DKNC May 22, 2009

    Stop worrying about energy and start worrying about education.

  • nchardee May 22, 2009

    Our gov is drinking the koolaid.

  • time4real May 22, 2009

    Perdue needs to focus on the fence she's sitting on over the Easley scandal! Cause once the dust settles on the Ealsey folk they are coming after you Perdue!

  • pbjbeach May 22, 2009

    DOCTORDATACLERK

    REGANS ADMINSTRATION REALLY FIX THINGS DIDN'T IT AN WE ARE AGAIN TODAY SEEING AN FEELING THE RESULTS OF HIS REGAN REVELOUTION AN HIS TRICKLE DOWN ECOMONY AREN'T WE THE ONLY THING THAT THE REPUBLICANS ARE INSTRESTED IN IS LOOKING OUT FOR THE COPORATE FACIST'S IN THIS COUNTRY AN THE ELITIEST AN THE COULD CARE LESS ABOUT THE WORKING CLASS PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY. ALL THEY KNOW IS TAX CUTS & INCENTIVES FOR THE RICHEST OF THE RICH. THANK YOU

  • 3779LRRP May 21, 2009

    Acceptance and major use of green energy is a long way off. Forget it green people. Use the magic of nuclear. NOW!

  • mebgirl1984 May 21, 2009

    rock 'em! sock 'em! Bev will do it! it's about time we got this country out of the grip of big oil after 8 years of rule by the oil companies.. go green.. go green.. go green!!!
    mondo

    8 years, Mondo? Where have you been the last 30+ years? See how you feel when your utilities double in cost, just as those poor folks in Canada were faced with when their "leaders" touted themselves as pioneers of the "green" movement. You ain't seen nothin' yet.

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