NORTH CAROLINA CLEAN PATH 2025: Achieving an Economical Clean Energy Future is an August 2017 report prepared for NC WARN by engineer Bill Powers. It is a plan for North Carolina’s electricity supply system showing that local solar combined with battery storage can rapidly replace fossil fuels, save tens of billions of dollars and create thousands of jobs across the state.
Read the news release for more details
Check out the Action Plan for implementing NC CLEAN PATH 2025
Email Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good and urge her to join this effort
Get involved in your local community to make this plan reality
Media reports on this and other clean energy advances
Updates, including CLEAN PATH 2025 progress reports and news affecting its implementation
NC WARN is matching the report with an Action Plan so local governments can work with residents to make real their recent pledges to help slow the accelerating climate crisis. NC WARN calls on all civic-minded North Carolinians across the political spectrum to help move NC CLEAN PATH 2025 into action. We’ll soon announce a series of webinars and other outreach tools. Get involved in NC CLEAN PATH 2025 local actions.
Local governments can directly implement CLEAN PATH programs, but we’re also urging them to press Duke Energy, the cooperatives, municipal utilities and Governor Cooper to join the effort. And we’re reaching out to scientists, civic leaders, news media and the public to foster an open, constructive discussion about moving quickly into the 21st Century on energy and climate.
We believe this report is a first for the nation and we’re urging other states to join the shift to local solar with storage – even as the Koch brothers and many utilities work vigorously to stifle the growth of renewables.
We can and must move quickly. The report shows that North Carolina has twice as much local solar potential as needed to retire all fossil fuel plants, and that local power lines can handle large flows of local solar at little additional cost. The only barrier to adoption of this plan is Duke Energy’s longstanding control over state government and public debate. Author Bill Powers emphasizes that there are no economic or technical barriers.
Specifically, NC CLEAN PATH 2025 will:
Create financing options for local solar power, battery storage, and efficiency upgrades that allow everyone to benefit without financial burden.
Author Bill Powers has over 30 years’ experience in energy and environmental engineering. He wrote the 2012 strategic energy plan, Bay Area Smart Energy 2020, for the San Francisco Bay region, a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power consumption in the Bay Area region 60% by 2020. Powers has a strong Tar Heel pedigree, having earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Duke University and an M.P.H. in environmental sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.