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Industries Should Have a Say in NC’s Clean Energy Plan

From Scott Carlberg

North Carolina says it wants input on a Clean Energy Plan. Whether significant public input is in the plan depends on people making their voices heard, really heard, not assuming they are heard.

A plan will be advanced. Will it have your input or not, especially if you are a business owner?

A roundtable session with industrial organizations is scheduled for May 14 to discuss the energy plan. Note the email address to the left to let the conveners know you plan to attend. The NC Department of Environmental Quality says these are some questions it wants answered ahead of time to prepare for the session:

  1. Please describe the type and quantity of energy that your business needs for its operations in NC. What are your goals, if any, for renewable energy (i.e. 100% renewable energy by x date, etc.)?  What are the drivers of your energy goals, i.e. investor, customer, supply chain, employee or competitive pressures?  Attracting talent? Lowering costs? Energy independence?
  2. How well are you able to procure or generate the clean energy that you need/want for your operations in NC? Do you foresee this ability changing in the future?
  3. What are the challenges your company faces in procuring or generating the clean energy that you desire for your operations in NC?
  4. What specific recommendations do you have for energy policy, regulation, and other administrative procedures to encourage the use of clean energy technologies in NC?
  5. What recommendations do you have regarding the energy business model as it relates to your company’s ability to expand, create jobs and offer economic growth opportunities in NC?

Emails were sent by the NC-DEQ to some industry organizations about participation in person. The NC-DEQ says it will accept written input, too.

If you are a North Carolina industry and want to provide input, you should be heard..

A process like this has a balance to strike: Organized efforts to stack input can happen if there is not ample, broad-based input from non-energy businesses and from citizens. Or, maybe more accurately, input by consumers – individuals and businesses – who must live with the plan. Speak up.

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Additional Reading: An outline of the Clean Energy Plan process is here.