As reported on The Charlotte Business Journal's website by Susan Stabley:
The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League has filed a petition with the N.C. Utilities Commission challenging ReVenture Parks waste-to-energy plant project.
ReVenture has asked utility commissioners to designate "refuse-derived fuel" as a renewable energy resource. That's connected to a bill state legislators approved last year that gave any utility that buys the power from the ReVenture plant triple renewable-energy credits for electricity produced from its first 20 megawatts of capacity. The state is already requiring utilities to produce up to 12.5% of the energy they sell from renewable sources by 2021. The triple credits reduce how much a utility will have to spend to meet that requirement.
The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League wants to block ReVentures request. It argues that the definition of renewable should mean that a source of energy must renew or recharge itself, such as wind and solar power.