"The question is, do we need a separate standard to overlay with what the federal government's going to require? And we just don't think that's necessary," said Greg Moore, Mr. Nofs' legislative policy director. "All these different rules and requirements that utilities have to follow seem to be overly burdensome. So we're going to get rid of the mandates and just let the integrated resource plan process decide whatever makes the most economic and environmental sense win the day."
"We shouldn't care, frankly, as a legislature, what's being used to generate it as long as the emissions are meeting the standard that we set," Mr. Moore said. "That gives some people heartburn, those people [investing in] wind turbines and solar farms, but frankly, if it's just as clean, why do we care? Why are we stepping in the middle of it and trying to make bad decisions in the marketplace?"