The Honorable Phil Berger
President Pro Tempore of the North Carolina Senate
Dear Senator Berger:
As a responsible business employing over 1,800 employees, Prestage Farms has taken steps to reduce energy use and costs. Whether through energy efficiency initiatives or self-generation of power with solar thermal panels or animal waste to energy projects, we embrace clean and renewable energy sources. These projects result in increased certainty for our annual budget and long-term viability while also addressing the environmental challenges our industry has faced.
Proudly headquartered in Clinton, North Carolina, our company wants our state to be a leader in agriculture and clean energy. We want our state to maintain these top rankings because we know it is a core criterion of a successful economic development strategy, especially in rural communities.
Unfortunately, the recurring efforts to repeal or weaken North Carolina’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (REPS) are sidelining hundreds of millions of dollars in investments for our state. This is unnecessary, especially when this policy is achieving positive results. Legislators have wisely rejected efforts to repeal the REPS law for two years running, and we urge you and your colleagues to reject these efforts again as opponents stage a renewed attempt to freeze the REPS based on cost exaggerations and political maneuvering (these anti-clean energy provisions are currently found in HB332 and HB760). The current proposed freeze of the REPS is based on the false premise that renewable energy and energy efficiency hurts ratepayers.
We are proud to be a major part of North Carolina’s business community. We make decisions based on the bottom line. Clean energy is an economic driver for our economy and our business and we encourage elected officials to support clean energy policies that will make North Carolina the top state to do business. We urge you to oppose any efforts to freeze the REPS, as is written today, in order to remain a leader in renewable energy and energy efficiency.
John L. Prestage
Senior Vice President
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