The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has released a draft Clean Energy Plan, as directed by Governor Roy Cooper via Executive Order 80. The plan is intended to set North Carolina on a path to become a leader in clean energy innovation, and includes policy recommendations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; modernize utility incentives, tools, and planning; and reduce the energy burden of low-income residents. DEQ’s plan also aims to create economic opportunities and foster affordability.
DEQ Secretary Michael Regan calls the Clean Energy Plan a ”shared vision” for the energy future we need in North Carolina. “It includes consensus policy recommendations on the key changes necessary to combat climate change, create economic growth, and modernize our power grid,” Regan added.
The final plan will be presented to Governor Cooper by October 1 following a public comment period and review.