I ran across this little article on the N&O's website with the headline: "Who Says that Alternative Energy and North Carolina Don't Mix?". Seeing the headline, I was excited to learn about the great things that North Carolina is doing with alternative energy (I was also a little surprised because I had thought that were behind the curve in alternative energy). However, once I began reading the article, I realized this was a case of a completely inaccurate title.
The article was filled with information on how the state's programs did not stack up. First off was the only good news, the state offers lots of tax credits for alternative energy use. But then the reality of North Carolina's situation was exposed.
North Carolina has a statewide system for purchasing renewable energy as part of your regular energy service for as little of $3 called Green Power. But
NC GreenPower's 7,600-plus donors represent only 0.019 percent of the state's utility customers.
So less than 2/100th of a percent of power costumers are willing to fork out $3 for this program.
In 1980, North Carolina also created Advanced Energy, a non-profit corporation dedicated to developing more efficient energy production and transportation systems and to reduce the negative impact environmental impacts. But:
But the program is also one of the nation's puniest, costing the average homeowner just 3 cents a month and generating a statewide budget of $3.5 million, an insignificant amount compared with $121 million collected in Wisconsin last year.
So it turns out that North Carolina has the ability to produce better energy options, but citizens are taking advantage of them, and the state is not funding them.