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PRESERVING OUR BLUE RIDGE SCENERY

We knocked on tens of thousands of doors to shine a spotlight on a hidden provision in the state budget that prevented land conservation along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Lawmakers removed the prohibition in their 2012-2013 budget, and began to restore devastating cuts to land conservation programs.

News Release | Environment North Carolina

40,000 North Carolinians demand coal ash cleanup for all communities

Raleigh, NC–On the day that the General Assembly’s coal ash cleanup bill finally becomes law, concerned community members as well as a number of environmental organizations sent a message to Gov. Pat McCrory that the new law falls woefully short of what’s needed to protect North Carolinians from the dangers of coal ash pollution.  

The group delivered more than 40,000 comments to Gov. McCrory asking him to require Duke Energy to clean up every coal ash site in the state.

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News Release | Environment North Carolina

Three of North Carolina’s coal plants rank among the fifty dirtiest plants in the country

A new study shows that North Carolina’s coal-fired power plants are some of the biggest polluters in the country, with two ranking in the top twenty and three ranking among the fifty dirtiest plants in the nation. Clean energy businesses, medical professionals, and academics pointed to the data to support proposed limits on carbon pollution from power plants.

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News Release | Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center

North Carolina Steps Closer to Offshore Wind Energy

Washington, DC—Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced the designation of over 275,000 acres off the coast of North Carolina for offshore wind on August 11. 

“We are thrilled that the Obama administration has announced another critical step forward in making this vision a reality for America. There is tremendous potential for producing clean, pollution-free wind energy off of our coasts and over time we can expand wind energy areas much farther. ”

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News Release | Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center

New Report Highlights Clouds in Solar Growth for North Carolina

Raleigh, NC – Over the last few years North Carolina has emerged as a national leader in solar power. But according to a new report by Environment North Carolina Research & Policy Center titled “Lighting The Way,” the story might not be as bright as often told. While North Carolina ranks fourth for solar installation in terms of overall capacity, the state ranks tenth per capita, behind cloudier states like New Jersey and Massachusetts. The report emphasizes that it is not availability of sunlight that makes states solar leaders, but the degree to which state and local governments have created effective public policy to help capture the virtually unlimited and pollution-free energy from the sun.

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Report | Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center

Lighting the Way

Solar energy is on the rise. Over the course of the last decade, the amount of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in the United States has increased more than 120-fold, from 97 megawatts in 2003 to more than 12,000 megawatts at the end of 2013. In the first quarter of 2014, solar energy accounted for 74 percent of all the new electric generation capacity installed in the United States.

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