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