Senate Bill 1 would require state agencies to cut 30 percent of regulations within three years, or eliminate two for every new one implemented.
The REAL Coalition claims to represent farmers, consumers and businesses, but its message echoes utility talking points.
“I think Republicans are in a very different space now,” said Samuel Thernstrom, CEO of the Energy Innovation Reform Project, who was invited by the Republicans to testify at last week’s hearing.
Some critics worry the change would create conflicts of interest as the agency promotes and regulates projects.
House Bill 1635 would have boosted the state’s renewable mandate to 30 percent by 2030 and 100 percent by 2050.