While the North Carolina Ethics Commission earlier this year dismissed a complaint against Gov. Pat McCrory’s office related to a meeting with Duke Energy officials and other issues, advocates say key questions remain unanswered.
An updated website provides an interactive map of coal ash sites throughout the Southeast as well as information on how utilities are responding to regulatory changes.
In North Carolina, rural electric co-ops are have been able to spark local economic development in part thanks to aggressive participation in a USDA loan program.
While North Carolina is already on track to meet its 2030 targets under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, according to a recent Reuters analysis, state officials are still fighting the proposal.
A draft proposal from North Carolina officials to comply with a federal rule on coal ash represents the “bare minimum required,” according to at least one critic, for a state that considers itself a leader on the issue.
While state officials insist “cap-in-place” is a safe option for coal ash disposal, advocates and experts still have concerns and say other options are worth exploring.
Gov. Pat McCrory claims his state is the national leader when it comes to coal-ash management when it isn’t.
While North Carolina’s largest utility says solar development might be peaking in the state, advocates note that there is still plenty of room for growth.
A bill that would allow third party solar sales in North Carolina has been languishing in the legislature since August.
Four North Carolina rural co-ops are developing community solar projects for members.