Some people in North Carolina are working on a clean energy plan. That is laudable.

Diverse options in energy should be considered in a plan, and considered in an objective, nonpolitical process. Something with regular public updates, and perhaps a third-party review.

We noted in April: “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.”

Energy options impact all people in North Carolina, not a few. This is a process for many citizens to be heard. A process for many opinions.

Is that happening? We don’t know. We have asked.

There are no more public listening sessions for this process. The NCDEQ has an input form on its website for people to provide input. Check online input forms.

After a public comment time in August, the plan goes to the NC Climate Change Interagency Council for a final review (cabinet secretaries or designates). Here is a link to the members. Maybe sending emails to one or more of them is a method to get your concise and constructive ideas on record.

Understand that ECC is not pushing one fuel over another, or whether one plan deserves support. ECC does think an energy plan ought to play on the highest possible level of public interest.

Possible actions for readers:

  • Let the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality hear you. Be sure to follow up and ask for clear, substantiated responses from them.
  • Make sure your NC elected officials know you asked, and what your opinion is.
  • Try the members of the NC Climate Council if you feel the need.
  • Watch the NCDEQ. Ask for updates.

On the other hand, if members of the general public are not extremely deliberate and persistent in making their voices heard, they will still get an energy plan. Will it be a plan the public wants or needs?