A change approved last month would let builders bypass minimum efficiency standards in favor of a voluntary suite green building standards.
Climate activists failed to flip the state’s legislature, but the politics and economics of clean energy leave an opening for action — so long as Duke Energy is on board.
The utility’s general election campaign contributions were more bipartisan than its primary giving, a sign that it might be hedging its bets on the election outcome.
The outcome in about a dozen competitive legislative races and the contest for Lt. Governor could tip the balance on climate and clean energy legislation in the state.
Legislative politics, industry influence, and financial pressures from an aging bus fleet helped shape spending.