Clean Energy Plan Development Process


Executive Order No. 80 acknowledges North Carolina’s leadership in technology innovation, research and development, and skilled workforce to promote clean energy technology solutions.  It calls for market innovations that drive economic expansion and job creation to produce a smart, resilient, and a modern electric grid while balancing reliability, cost, economic growth, equity, and environmental and public health impacts.

The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is charged with collaborating with businesses, industries, power providers, technology developers, North Carolina residents, local governments and other interested stakeholders to increase the utilization of clean energy technologies, energy efficiency measures, and clean transportation solutions.  DEQ is tasked to deliver the Clean Energy Plan to the Governor by October 1, 2019. 

In preparing this plan, DEQ has created an open and inclusive process that seeks stakeholder input and develops a series of policy, regulatory, administrative, and program recommendations that achieve the intended vision. The following explains the overall strategy.  It is our intent that this plan will be a “living” document that provides a roadmap for pursuing our collective vision.  It can be revisited periodically as advancements in technology occur, implementation costs are reduced, and policies and regulatory actions are taking effect.

Topics to Be Explored:      

In developing the Clean Energy Plan, DEQ will investigate and seek feedback on a range of topics, including, but not limited to:

  • Ways to ensure all North Carolinians, including underserved communities, have access to clean, reliable, and affordable energy.
  • The role of emerging technologies such as distributed energy resources (e.g. solar, storage, energy efficiency, demand management, microgrids, electric vehicles, wind), decreasing costs of those technologies, consumer preferences, and new energy service providers.
  • The role of existing and new resources in transitioning NC into a clean energy economy.
  • The role of power sector transformation occurring in policy, regulatory, and utility business model across the country.
  • Creating a more reliable and resilient power grid in the face of increasingly severe weather events.
  • The ways in which clean energy can spur economic expansion and economic development, including innovation, workforce development and educational opportunities.
  • The opportunities for reducing environmental and public health impacts, including opportunities for reducing carbon emissions in the power sector and the economy as a whole.


  • Engage with stakeholders to understand their vision for NC’s clean energy future.
  • Identify stakeholder needs, issues, barriers, solutions, unrealized opportunities, equity concerns, and required actions.
  • Analyze future energy demand, generation and supply strategies, national trends in power grid modernization/transformation, and explore options for NC.
  • Assess economic opportunity, rate impacts, environmental benefits, health impacts, and jobs outlook associated with North Carolina’s transition to clean energy.
  • Recommend policy, regulatory, administrative, local government, public, and business community actions for achieving North Carolina’s clean energy future.

Stakeholder Process

For more information:

Sharon Martin