Under the Dome

Senate would halt federal energy grants

North Carolina’s environmental protection agency would be prohibited from applying for federal grants that are for energy planning, efficiency and clean technology, if a provision in the state Senate’s budget survives.

The State Energy Office in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, would be prohibited from applying for State Energy Program Competitive Grant Program or the Clean Energy and Manufacturing Initiative funds.

The Coastal Review Online reports on Friday that some Republican senators don’t like the idea of federal grants because there are always strings attached.

Democrats tend to argue that the state has thriving renewable energy and clean-manufacturing industries that would benefit from continued grants.

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