North Carolinians overwhelmingly support the increased use of clean energy sources, such as wind and solar energy, according to poll results released by the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA).
A recent statewide public-opinion survey conducted by Fallon Research found that 83.8% of likely general election voters think state leaders and elected officials in North Carolina should seek more alternative or renewable energy sources in order to provide consumers and businesses with electricity.
The poll, conducted April 27-29, surveyed 800 North Carolina residents on their support or opposition to a number of energy-related questions. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.46 percentage points.
NCSEA polled citizens on their support of the state's renewable energy and energy efficiency portfolio standard (REPS) law, which passed in 2007 and requires the state's utilities to increase their use of clean energy resources and energy-saving measures by 2021. The survey found that 79.2% thought the REPS law was a good idea.
The poll also included questions about issues related to several bills currently pending before the North Carolina General Assembly, including the Energy Independence and Job Creation in North Carolina bill (S.B.694).
S.B.694 would allow businesses to place a renewable energy system on their roof or their property and to buy the renewable electricity directly, which would ensure lower, more stable energy bills, according to NCSEA. The renewable energy systems allowed under third-party sales would be capped at 2 MW.
According to the survey results, 85% of respondents support new energy policies that would create opportunities for clean energy companies to offer electricity services directly to consumers and businesses in North Carolina.