north carolina

North Carolina Solar Leadership at the Crossroads

June 30, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Solar in the States

As a North Carolinian, I can tell you it's pretty darned amazing that, last year, our state was number 2 in the nation in installed solar capacity. And number 4 in the first quarter of 2015, despite what can only be described as some really crappy (and construction-slowing) winter weather.[read more]

An Economic Case To Prevent Solar Power's Sunset In North Carolina

May 22, 2015 by Jesse Grossman

Solar energy has been a continuing economic boom for the state of North Carolina, but four critical policies to the state's solar market growth are jeopardized by pending legislation - will smart policy decisions keep the sun shining on the Tarheel State?[read more]

North Carolina Opts for Delayed Sunset of the State Tax Credit

State Tax Credits and Legislative Inaction

Last week, the North Carolina legislature passed a bill offering a soft landing to the official end date for the state’s 35% state tax credit. While the tax credit cliff is scheduled for December 31, 2015, new legislation will extend eligibility for projects that are “significantly complete” but not operational by the end of 2015.[read more]

In North Carolina, Walmart and Other Corporate Giants Call for Clean Energy Choices

April 5, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Corporate Support for Clean Energy

Leading national companies in North Carolina want more choice and competition when it comes to energy, including where it comes from and who they buy it from. That’s the message recently delivered to the North Carolina legislature in a letter signed by 10 corporate giants in the state.[read more]

Utility Commission Ruling to Continue Growth of North Carolina Solar Industry in 2015

January 10, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

North Carolina Solar

North Carolina’s ranking of #3 in the country for solar energy investment is receiving national attention and prompting some states in the Southeast to ask, "What is North Carolina's secret?" The answer: clean energy policies that give solar companies the business certainty they need to make investments.[read more]

Lighting the Way to Energy Savings and Job Growth in North Carolina

December 27, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Energy Savings and Job Growh

Rapid declines in the price of light emitting diodes (LED) technology suggest that the next generation of energy efficient lighting – LED bulbs – is on the verge of widespread adoption. LED bulbs will eventually make traditional, energy-hogging incandescent bulbs a thing of the past.[read more]

North Carolina is Well-Positioned for the EPA's Clean Power Plan

October 15, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

North Carolina and the Clean Power Plan

A majority of Americans endorse setting limits on carbon emissions from the nation's power plants, which account for the single largest source of carbon pollution in the U.S. The United States is on the verge of doing just that with EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan.[read more]

North Carolina Off to a Great Start to meet EPA's Clean Power Plan

June 8, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

North Carolina and New EPA Rules

For North Carolina, the new EPA rules require that the state reduce its CO2 emission rates from the electric sector by 40% between 2012 and 2030. NC is already is well under way to meeting these reductions due to policies that clean up power plants and increase generation from clean sources.[read more]


Utility Scale Solar Energy: North Carolina's Emergent Success

February 27, 2014 by Clean Energy Leadership Institute

North Carolina Solar

North Carolina politics are always lively, and often paradoxical. The General Assembly has made the news several times this year for enacting some of the most controversial conservative policies in the country. Conversely, for the first time in 32 years, it went blue in the 2008 presidential election.[read more]

North Carolina Bill Would Require Coastal Communities To Ignore Global Warming Science

June 1, 2012 by Joseph Romm

Some North Carolina GOP legislators want to stop the use of science to plan for the future. They are circulating a bill that would force coastal counties to ignore actual observations and the best science-based projections in planning for future sea level rise.King Canute thought he had the power to hold back the tide (in the...[read more]

Energy Efficiency Saves Carolinas' Utilities $

July 11, 2011 by John Wilson

People in the Southeast do want energy efficiency! We had no doubts, but it is great to see strong participation in the first full year of new efficiency programs offered by Progress Energy Carolinas (PEC) and Duke Energy Carolinas (DEC). Our analysis shows that both utilities achieved greater savings and spent less per kWh than they had...[read more]

Time to Sell That Ocean Front Property? New Study on Sea Level Rise

June 20, 2011 by Scott Edward Anderson

  Could Calvin Be Underwater?The rate of sea level rise along the U.S. Atlantic coast is greater now than at any time in the past 2,000 years, according to a new study published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The study suggests a consistent link between changes in global mean...[read more]

The differences between renewable energy and renewable power in North Carolina

October 12, 2010 by Michael Giberson

Under North Carolina’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard, poultry waste burned to boil water to generate steam to turn a turbine generating electricity will earn RECs which can be sold to electric utilities needing to meet the state’s new renewable energy standard. Also under the law, poultry waste burned to boil...[read more]

EPA Proposes Regulatory Options for Coal Ash

New Rules Would Provide Varying Levels of Protection for NC's Waterways An update from our friends at Appalachian Voices... The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency unveiled two options today to regulate coal ash waste from coal-fired power plants, amid concerns by environmental groups that one of the options would not be strong enough...[read more]

Preliminary results from an offshore wind farm/recreation survey in North Carolina

March 26, 2010 by John Whitehead

Given current technology offshore wind turbines are feasible to a depth of 30 meters. New technology exists to site wind turbines to a depth of 50 meters while 100 meter technology is on the horizon. Considering this, offshore wind turbines are feasible from Cape Cod, Massachusetts to Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The benefits and...[read more]