The NC Utilities Commission must decide by the end of 2022 what sort of carbon plan is best for our state. Make your voice heard!
In 2021, HB951 instructed the NC Utilities Commission (NCUC) to publish a carbon plan for North Carolina that would reduce the state’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the electric power sector 70% from 2005 levels by 2030 and achieve net zero emissions by 2050.
At the NCUC’s request, Duke Energy submitted a draft carbon plan in May 2022 that is heavy on fracked gas and expensive, unproven technologies like hydrogen, carbon capture and small modular nuclear reactors.
People Power NC, a coalition including NC WARN, issued a report card giving Duke’s plan an F.
A group of clean energy groups submitted its own “no regrets” plan to the NCUC in July 2022 that retires coal-fired plants faster, adds no new gas-fired plants, and emphasizes energy-saving and distributed generation.
NC WARN, together with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg chapter of the NAACP, submitted comments and a report from engineer Bill Powers showing that Duke’s plan misleads the public and the NCUC in order to build dozens of new fracked gas units, and that the state can achieve the CO2 reduction target equitably by focusing on distributed solar plus storage, with no new gas. See all our carbon plan legal filings.
Thirty-three former officials of the US Environmental Protection Agency submitted comments arguing that Duke’s draft plan is short-sighted and inadequate, and that the NCUC should select a carbon plan with no new gas that instead emphasizes renewables and energy efficiency.
Hundreds of members of the public have given input in writing and in oral testimony.
San Diego engineer offers proven plan that would avoid billions in transmission costs and disruption of communities, boost resilience and avoid Duke Energy’s huge gas expansion. SEE ALL Carbon Plan POSTS
The opposition to Duke Energy’s draft carbon plan goes deep. Scores of parties are opposing – many of them vigorously – Duke’s costly, natural gas-heavy proposal. Included are local governments; faith, social justice and climate justice groups; national, state and local clean energy nonprofits and business alliances; 33 former EPA officials; various business and industrial groups, and the state attorney general’s office. SEE ALL Carbon Plan POSTS