The current population of the state of North Carolina is approximately 10.50 million people. In May 2019, state utilities used nuclear (34.6%), natural gas (28.3%), coal (23.9%) and renewable energy (13.2%) to generate electricity. Hydropower, solar and biomass are the primary sources of renewable energy in North Carolina.
North Carolina is one of 30 states with a renewable portfolio standard (RPS). The state requires all investor-owned utilities to produce 12.5% of all retail electricity from renewable energy by 2021. North Carolina is one of 36 states that offers state-run loan program for renewable energy.
Although North Carolina is heavily dependent on coal and natural gas for power, residents are increasingly concerned about climate change. On October 29, 2018, Governor Roy Cooper issued Executive Order Number 80, North Carolina’s Commitment To Address Climate Change And Transition To A Clean Energy Economy.
The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) was directed by Governor Cooper to deliver a Clean Energy Plan to him by October 1, 2019. The DEQ has recently released a draft plan for public comment that calls for the state to reduce power sector greenhouse gas emissions by 60% by 2030 and to “work towards zero emissions by 2050.”
America’s energy sector is undergoing a transformation from fossil fuels to renewable energy. The move to renewable energy is being driven by the economics of cheap renewable energy and concerns over climate change. North Carolina is joining the majority of states that is making a commitment to move to renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gases.
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