This week, in front of a packed house of renewable energy supporters and those opposing clean energy, the Delaware House Energy Committee shot down a bill intended to stop the development of renewable energy. Specially, the legislation (HB 247) called for an immediate freeze to the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard.
The bill’s supporters claimed that Delaware’s policy-makers need a chance to reassess the state’s energy strategy in light of many “changes” that have occurred over the past several years. They must not be referring to those job-creating and clean air producing changes.
After hearing testimony and deliberating the bill, it was clear that Delaware’s elected officials have no desire to reflect upon the decisions that have propelled the state forward as a clean energy leader. A motion to table the legislation, which would have kept HB 247 on life support, was voted down and stopped the bill dead in its tracks – in other words, opponents of Delaware’s clean energy future were sent packing.
Delaware’s elected officials clearly understand the economic, job-creating and environmental benefits that renewable energy brings to the First State. We wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Delaware’s renewable and solar champions take a step or two further towards making state an undisputed renewable energy leader for generation to come.
Vote Solar is a non-profit grassroots organization working to fight climate change and foster economic opportunity by bringing solar energy into the mainstream.