Promoting clean energy solutions can create thousands of jobs in North Carolina.
“Moderate levels of energy efficiency, clean power and cogeneration [combined heat and power] can allow the phase-out of nearly all NC coal-fired power plants by 2025. That’s despite population growth and without gambling on new nuclear power plants.”
– Dr. John Blackburn, Emeritus Professor of Economics, Former Chair of Economics and Former Chancellor, Duke University
We must bring down demand for electricity through conservation and efficiency practices, thus eliminating the need for new power plants and reducing CO2 emissions by closing existing coal plants and investing in clean energy. North Carolina’s green economy is ready to boom.
- Study Ranks NC 8th in Jobs Potential from Energy Efficiency
- Renewable Energy Development Creates More Jobs than Fossil Fuels
- The Solar Industry Alone Can Bring Over 28,000 Jobs to NC
- NC Offshore Wind Power Could Create 20,000 Manufacturing Jobs
- NC Job Outlook Through 2038 (page 30)
- Future Job Assessment Looks Promising
- Energy Efficiency Equals Economic Development
Meanwhile, NC electric utilities continue using their political muscle to block widespread advances in efficiency, solar and wind power in NC.
- Duke Energy’s solar effort clouding growth?
- Dirty Energy Money – an interactive tool that tracks the flow of contributions to US Congress. Find out which companies are pumping their “dirty” money into politics and which politicians are receiving it.