In North Carolina, your household, health and finances can be impacted by Executive Order No. 80 – North Carolina’s Commitment to Address Climate Change and Transition to a Clean Energy Economy.

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality is collecting feedback on the plan.  DEQ is investigating and seeking feedback on a range of topics, including, but not limited to:

  • Ways to ensure all North Carolinians, including underserved communities, have access to clean, reliable, and affordable energy.
  • The role of emerging technologies such as distributed energy resources (e.g. solar, storage, energy efficiency, demand management, microgrids, electric vehicles, wind), decreasing costs of those technologies, consumer preferences, and new energy service providers. [Note from ECC: 1) Emerging technologies would also include advanced nuclear energy, which is carbon-free. 2) The ongoing renewal of existing nuclear facilities ensures that carbon-free power continues to be produced.]
  • The role of existing and new resources in transitioning NC into a clean energy economy.
  • The role of power sector transformation occurring in policy, regulatory, and utility business model across the country.
  • Creating a more reliable and resilient power grid in the face of increasingly severe weather events.
  • The ways in which clean energy can spur economic expansion and economic development, including innovation, workforce development and educational opportunities.
  • The opportunities for reducing environmental and public health impacts, including opportunities for reducing carbon emissions in the power sector and the economy as a whole.

Use our form to submit your comments to the DEQ.

The outcome of this energy process in North Carolina needs to serve all its citizens. Various entities in utilities, manufacturing, research and services have been positively at work every day on changes in the industry and for consumers.  This is one effort – an important one – but not the only one. This should not be a politicized process, or one just for a certain part of the state, or even who is in office now or later. Our collective energy future is way too important for that.