- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 6, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Latest on North Carolina proposing legislation that fosters the renewable energy days after President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Paris climate control agreement (all times local):

1 p.m.

North Carolina’s governor is joining eight Democratic counterparts who say their states will remain committed to reducing climate-changing emissions despite President Donald Trump pulling the U.S. out of a global agreement.

Gov. Roy Cooper said Tuesday he’s declared his support for the global Paris agreement along with more than 1,000 leaders of cities, universities and businesses.

Cooper said Trump’s move last week was wrong and North Carolina will remain committed to clean air and a healthy environment.

The governors of California, Connecticut, Oregon, New York, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington and Hawaii also signed the pledge.


11:10 a.m.

Conservative lawmakers are looking to extend the growth of renewable energy in North Carolina just days after President Donald Trump said the U.S. would exit the Paris climate agreement because curbing fossil fuels would hamper the economy.

State House members introduced legislation Tuesday negotiated between the country’s largest electric company and renewable energy interests.

Charlotte-based Duke Energy said the proposed legislation would save consumers $850 million over 10 years in what it pays for renewable energy.

Renewable energy groups say the measure extends the utility’s requirement to use more solar and biofuels power.

Businesses and homeowners could avoid big upfront costs by leasing rooftop solar panels from installers instead of buying. State utilities regulators will study rooftop solar owners selling their excess power to the grid.

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