North Carolina’s clean energy industry has grown rapidly in the decade and a half since North Carolina’s General Assembly passed the Southeast’s first and still only Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (REPS) in 2007, which requires utilities to generate a portion of electricity from clean, renewable sources. In 2020, North Carolina was still the undisputed leader in solar energy development and deployment in the Southeast, ranking second in the nation for installed solar capacity, but growth by neighbors may challenge that ranking by 2021 or 2022. In addition to solar, North Carolina boasts some of the best offshore wind energy resources along the Atlantic coast and a 2021 executive order from Governor Roy Cooper positions the state for development in that sector. Opportunities still remain for North Carolina to reduce energy consumption through more effective energy efficiency programs and to reduce carbon pollution through additional coal plant retirements. From NC’s Southern Appalachian mountains to the Outer Banks along the Eastern shore, we remain committed to transforming the way we produce and consume energy in order to protect our unique and treasured places in the Old North State.
Duke Energy's new proposed programs simply shift clean energy from one customer group to another. SACE considers this to be fundamentally inequitable and inconsistent with the statutory language of HB 951.
Duke Energy, one of the most high-profile electric utility companies in the country, is gearing up to start a process with potential to significantly impact carbon reduction in the Southeast.
Utilities have much to gain from the upsurge in fleet adoption of electric trucks and buses. In fact, some EVs will actually make the power grid easier, cheaper, and cleaner to run.…