Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
North Carolina Power Sector Carbon Policies
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North Carolina Power Sector Carbon Policies

In October 2018, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper set out a series of goals for the state to address climate change and transition to a clean energy economy through Executive Order 80. In support of those goals, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issued the North Carolina Clean Energy Plan a year later. The plan calls for reducing the amount of carbon pollution generated by electricity in the state by 70 percent compared to 2005 levels by 2030, and to be “carbon neutral” by 2050.

To achieve those ambitious targets, the first of nearly 40 recommendations in the Clean Energy Plan is to produce a report that evaluates carbon-reduction policies for the power sector on core values such as pollution reduction, electricity affordability, equity, and reliability. DEQ asked researchers at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Center on Climate, Energy, Environment & Economics (CE3) to prepare that report and submit it to the Governor’s Office by Dec. 31, 2020. 

The Nicholas Institute and CE3 are regularly convening with working groups that include representatives from environmental advocates, industrial customers, low-income advocates, renewable energy developers, state agencies, universities, and utilities to inform the process. A broader community of interested stakeholders meets every other month to receive updates and provide input.

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

Adobe PDF iconFact Sheet: Cleaner Power for North Carolina

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

Public Forums

The Nicholas Institute and CE3 will hold a pair of virtual public forums in September 2020 to discuss various carbon-reduction policies under consideration. The forums are open to any individuals or organizations interested in participating.

A video replay of the first forum will be posted on this page for anyone unable to attend either session. After attending the forum(s):

Take the survey

If you have any questions or comments in advance of the public forums, please email nc-carbonpolicy@duke.edu.

Date and Time
Wednesday, September 9, 2020 - 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Location
Online Public Forum

Virtual Public Forum on North Carolina Power Sector Carbon Policies

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.

Date and Time
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location
Online Public Forum

Virtual Public Forum on North Carolina Power Sector Carbon Policies

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.