Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

Virtual Public Forum on North Carolina Power Sector Carbon Policies

Date and Time
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Online Public Forum
Virtual Public Forum on North Carolina Power Sector Carbon Policies


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The Duke University Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Center on Climate, Energy, Environment & Economics (CE3) are hosting a public forum to discuss various carbon policies under consideration pursuant to the North Carolina Clean Energy Plan.

Recommendation A-1 from the Clean Energy Plan tasked North Carolina universities to draft a report that examines the effects of different carbon-reduction policies on greenhouse gas emission reductions, electricity rates, equity, and grid reliability.

The Nicholas Institute and the CE3 have convened individuals representing utilities, universities, environmental advocates, low-income advocates, renewable energy developers, large industrial customers, and state agencies. Since January 2020, these stakeholders have met regularly to research alternatives and conduct modeling exercises. Policies under consideration include accelerated coal unit retirements, a “shadow” carbon price to drive utility planning and operating decisions, a declining cap on power sector pollution with the ability to trade allowances, and clean energy polices. The convenors will present a high-level discussion of these policies and relate some of the issues and opportunities raised by each. Feedback from participants in the forum will be taken into consideration for the final report that will be delivered to the Governor in December 2020.

This is the second of two opportunities for members of the public to participate via Zoom video conferencing. The first forum will be held on September 9. A recording of the first forum will be made available for those who are unable to attend either session.

This forum is open to anyone in the general public interested in learning about possible carbon reduction policies for the North Carolina power sector and providing feedback to the process.

Registration is required. To attend, please click the "Register" button above.

For more details on the development of the report and policies under consideration:

Adobe PDF icon Fact Sheet: Cleaner Power for North Carolina

Adobe PDF icon Hoja de datos: Energía más limpia para Carolina del Norte (Spanish-language translation courtesy Environmental Defense Fund)

Webpage: North Carolina Power Sector Carbon Policies


If you have any questions or comments about the public forums, please email

This gathering is in compliance with our understanding of the requirements and restrictions of the North Carolina Ethics Act and Lobbying Law, NCGS §138A-32(e).