We are working in collaboration with our partners to promote a strong Clean Power Plan (CPP) for NC.
On August 3, 2015, President Obama and the EPA announced the CPP, a historic step in reducing carbon pollution from power plants, combating climate change, and giving us an opportunity to implement policies in North Carolina that can significantly help low-income utility users.
Each state can develop a plan that incorporates a range of steps to reduce carbon emissions, including energy efficiency measures and renewable energy designed to help low-income communities. Unfortunately, we are concerned that the current plan being offered by the State Department of Environmental Quality is not likely to comply with carbon reduction goals required by the EPA and will also fail to take advantage of the opportunity to incorporate energy efficiency and renewable energy in ways that benefit North Carolina households struggling to pay high energy bills.
We attended recent events in Charlotte, Raleigh, and Wilmington to show our support for a strong CPP for North Carolina. As part of the public comment period, the Justice Center submitted a letter to the DEQ regarding the draft NC CPP. Joining the Justice Center in support of these comments is the North Carolina Council of Churches and North Carolina Interfaith Power & Light.
"The current draft NC CPP proposed by the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) does not comply with the EPA CPP in several respects," the letter reads. "First, the proposed draft NC CPP will not achieve the required carbon reductions as stipulated by the EPA CPP. Second, there has not been a sufficient stakeholder process or consultation with vulnerable communities as required by the EPA CPP. For these reasons alone the Environmental Management Commission (EMC) should not approve the DEQ’s proposed darft NC CPP. The draft NC CPP plan should also be rejected by the EMC for failing to incorporate provisions for participation in the Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP) and for failing to make any provision for the adoption of energy efficiency programs, and the utilization of renewable energy programs."
Read the entire letter at this link or in the PDF below.