New legislation (HB 951) signed by Governor Cooper in 2021 requires the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) to develop a carbon plan for the state by the end of 2022 that would reduce carbon dioxide emissions to 70% below 2005 levels by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. Duke Energy is required to provide a draft Carbon Plan to state regulators and CleanAIRE is working with our partners to ensure the Carbon Plan is done with the public interest in mind.
A special webinar to learn more about the draft Carbon Plan Duke Energy submitted to the NC Utilities Commission last month. Led by NC Climate Ambassadors, the webinar provides an overview of the plan, distinguishes between strategies that move us closer to a clean energy economy and those that don’t and discusses the best opportunities for us to engage collectively and individually in this important process.
Duke Energy claims that their climate strategy is their business strategy. Join us to push them to stand by their word, and help us make sure North Carolina does its part in the fight to curb climate change.
On May 16th, Duke Energy submitted a draft Carbon Plan to the NCUC. While their proposed plan is a good starting point, it ultimately falls short of our emission targets by delaying our move away from coal plants and fracked gas.
The good news? Duke Energy’s plan is only a proposal, one we still have an opportunity to shape. Clean energy advocates now have 60 days to review Duke’s draft plan and file their critiques, or to submit their own alternate plans. Let’s not give Duke Energy the last word.
There will be numerous opportunities to provide input and share your voice in the plan’s public process. We hope you will join us and make your voice heard. Sign up to get more information about the public witness testimony opportunities, how to engage in other ways, and receive reminders of key dates as the NC Carbon Plan is developed.
The following dates will be opportunities to voice your concerns about Duke Energy’s draft Carbon Plan. We need major public participation in all hearings – let’s pack the rooms!
Monday, July 11, 2022 | 7:00 pm
Durham County Courthouse, Courtroom D7, 510 S. Dillard St. Durham, North Carolina 27701
Tuesday, July 12, 2022 | 7:00 pm
New Hanover County Courthouse, Courtroom 317, 316 Princess Street Wilmington, North Carolina 28401
Wednesday, July 27, 2022 | 7:00 pm
Buncombe County Courthouse, Courtroom 1-A, 60 Court Plaza Asheville, North Carolina 28801
Thursday, July 28, 2022 | 7:00 pm
Mecklenburg County Courthouse, Courtroom 5350, 832 E. 4th Street Charlotte, North Carolina 28202
Tuesday, August 23, 2022 | 1:30 pm and 6:30 pm
Virtual hearings via WebEx – a link to view the hearing will be available at www.ncuc.net.
July 15, 2022 | Deadline for intervening parties to file alternative plans or comments on Duke Energy’s draft plan.
September 2, 2022 | Deadline for intervenors and the NCUC’s Public Staff to file expert testimony and relevant exhibits.
September 9, 2022 | Deadline for Duke Energy to file expert testimony and relevant exhibits.
September 19, 2022 | Expert witness testimony begins. Testimony and exhibits are to be filed by this date.
Duke Energy’s FAQ with agendas, videos, and other resources from their three-day-long stakeholder meetings, and “technical subgroup meetings”.
Pulling back the Curtain: Who’s Charting our Energy Future: A six-part webinar series that details the NC Utility Commission’s role in energy policy, how other states are doing with renewable energy production, and how you can help chart a clean energy future.
CleanAIRE NC’s Review of Duke Energy’s 2020 Climate Report and associated Duke Energy climate strategies.
Academic papers specific to North Carolina and the Southeast: