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The US Environmental Protection Agency has proposed the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, revising the guidelines for greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. After careful review, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) has requested the EPA abandon the proposed rule-making, and replace it with a rule that achieves meaningful emission reductions.  In comments submitted to the EPA this week, DEQ outlines key concerns with this proposal.

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Experts Consider the Future and Security of our Coastal Regions As North Carolina deals with the aftermath of Hurricane Florence and the impacts of storm-related flooding, several state and national organizations are considering the long-term outlook for the coastal region through the lens of military readiness.

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Cities and towns play an important role in reducing carbon emissions. On Tuesday, several sustainability officers from North Carolina cities and towns will meet to discuss climate change and their current efforts.  From EV charging stations and LED lighting to LEED-certified buildings and emission reduction goals, the mayors will exchange ideas and share their success stories. 

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Spotlight on Fifth Third Bank In 2017, Fifth Third Bank set a goal to purchase 100% renewable power.  In March 2018, Fifth Third announced they were the 1st Fortune 500 company to contract to buy as much solar power as they use nation-wide from a single new project in North Carolina.  This contract puts Fifth Third on track to achieve its 100% goal well ahead of its 2022 target. Fifth Third’s contract will lead to approximately 1,000 jobs during construction and an approximated $200 million investment. Leadership ExampleFirst Fortune 500 company to contract for 100% solar power

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Welcome to the News & Spotlights section.  This is where we will highlight the environmental initiatives and success stories from around the state. Every small change adds up and together, we can make a big difference.  If you have a story to share please let us know. 

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