Phase One of the North Carolina Deep Decarbonization Pathways Analysis report was released this week by Gov. Roy Cooper, who commissioned the report in January 2022. The paper sets out three methods by which emissions can be reduced 50% from 2005 levels by 2030 and reach net-zero levels by 2050.
From the Raleigh News and Observer article published Feb 3, 2023:
“This analysis will help us achieve pollution reduction while highlighting new market opportunities to ensure North Carolina remains on the forefront of the clean energy transition,” Cooper said in a news release.
Complying with a bipartisan law approved in 2021, the North Carolina Utilities Commission in December 2022 approved the first edition of a plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from Duke Energy’s electric production through 2050. (This report is called North Carolina Deep Decarbonization Pathways Analysis.) The commission’s order told Duke to complete a series of activities involving solar, wind, nuclear and other sources for electricity but didn’t endorse any particular mix. It does direct the utility’s two electric subsidiaries in the state to optimally retire its remaining coal-fired plants by 2035.
In an interview, Cooper told The News & Observer he believes the commission will need to direct more solar and wind generation resources to meet C02 reduction targets set in the 2021 law in future carbon plans. The governor chooses the commission’s seven members.
Sundance Power Systems has been designing and installing solar electric power systems throughout North carolina since 1995. As trailblazers in the solar industry, we commend Gov Cooper and all involved in this report. We hope for meaningful policy changes to encourage and accelerate this crucial movement towards a renewable and clean energy future