CLEAN ENERGY IN NC: FACT VS. FICTION

Fiction:  North Carolina voters want less renewable energy.  

Fact:  North Carolina voters want more renewable energy.

THE REAL STORY:  Voters were asked, “Would you be more or less likely to support a candidate or legislator who supports policies that encourage renewable energy options such as wind, solar, and energy efficiency?”

83% said they were more likely to support such a candidate or legislator.  79% of Republicans said they were more likely to support such a candidate or legislator.

Voter Support Renewable Energy Regardless of Party Registration

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Fiction:  Voters believe the renewable portfolio standard is causing rates to increase.

Fact:  Voters believe the RPS isn’t a major cause of rate increases in North Carolina.

THE REAL STORY:  Voters were asked, “Which of the following is the number one cause for electricity rates to increase in North Carolina?”

38% said companies seeking higher profits.  Only 10% said renewable mandates!

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Fiction:  Voters want a lower renewable portfolio standard.

Fact:  Voters would support a more robust renewable portfolio standard!

THE REAL STORY:  When voters were asked about a theoretical plan to double the RPS from 12.5% to 25%, they favored the plan by a wide margin of 55% to 34%.

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Fiction: Voters are satisfied with the current system of how they purchase electricity.

Fact: Voters want more options in how they purchase electricity.

THE REAL STORY:  When voters were asked if they are satisfied with the current system or wanted more options, they favored more options by 68% to 26%.

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Fiction:  North Carolina voters view solar facilities negatively.

Fact:  North Carolina voters view solar facilities positively!

THE REAL STORY:  When asked if multi-acre solar facilities had a positive or negative impact on the state, voters said they have a positive impact by a margin of 56% to 13%!