March 25, 2021

Commentary: To Meet Climate Goals, NC Needs a New Generation of Energy Policies

Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

North Carolina's Clean Energy Plan translates Gov. Roy Cooper's commitment to reducing the state's contribution to climate change into specific targets for the electricity sector: a 70% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and a carbon-neutral grid by 2050. With the state's electricity system already at a turning point, a new report from Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and the University of North Carolina’s Center for Climate, Energy, Environment, and Economics (CE3) analyzes strategies to achieve the targets.

North Carolina has a history of adopting clean energy policies to proactively manage changes in the state's electricity system. A new generation of policies could once again help ensure the electricity system is cleaner, affordable, and reliable for decades to come, write Jonas Monast, director of UNC's CE3, and Kate Konschnik, director of the Nicholas Institute's Climate and Energy Program, in a commentary for Southeast Energy News.