News Release | Environment North Carolina

Statement: President-elect Biden picks powerful advocate for the environment from North Carolina as EPA head

President-elect Joe Biden plans to nominate Michael S. Regan to head the Environmental Protection Agency. In response to Secretary Regan’s nomination, Environment North Carolina  issued a statement.

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Renewables on the Rise 2020

Environment North Carolina Research & Policy Center will release a new report assessing the growth of five key clean energy technologies over the past decade and how North Carolina ranks in state-by-state comparisons. The report ranks North Carolina’s progress in wind energy, solar energy, electricity energy efficiency programs, electric cars and energy storage. Data will also address national trends and factors driving progress. These numbers put North Carolina’s efforts in this space in the context of rapid gains across these key renewable energy technologies since 2010.

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New report shows North Carolina leadership through decade of U.S. renewable energy progress

North Carolina ranks 2nd in the nation for growth in solar energy production since 2010, according to a new report by Environment North Carolina Research & Policy Center, released today at a virtual press conference. The project, Renewables on the Rise 2020, documents and compares the growth of five key clean energy technologies in each state over the past decade: solar power, wind power, battery storage, energy efficiency and electric vehicles. 

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Environment North Carolina launches campaign calling for solar homes

Just behind California, North Carolina produces the 2nd most amount of solar energy in the United States.  To build upon our momentum, Environment North Carolina is embarking on a new campaign to ensure new homes are built with solar panels so that homeowners can enjoy lower energy bills and help protect clean air and our climate. 

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Shining Cities 2020

Solar power is expanding rapidly. Hundreds of thousands of Americans have invested in solar energy and millions more are ready to join them. With tremendous unmet potential for solar energy in every city, now is the time for cities, as well as states and the federal government, to recommit to the policies that are bringing a clean, renewable energy system closer to reality.

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Asheville, Raleigh and Charlotte highlighted in new report on solar power progress

Asheville is distinguished as a “Solar Star” for having a significant amount of installed solar energy capacity relative to other cities across the country, 89.5 watts per capita. The results are highlighted in the seventh edition of Shining Cities: The Top U.S. Cities for Solar Energy, a new report released today by Environment North Carolina Research & Policy Center. It is the most comprehensive survey available of installed solar capacity in major U.S. cities.

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New legal brief outlines how America’s historic places are at risk from climate change

Environment America, an affiliate of Environment North Carolina, has joined with the National Trust for Historic Preservation to file an amicus brief supporting a challenge to the Affordable Clean Energy Rule, a new set of regulations created by the Trump administration. Unless defeated in court, this plan will sharply increase U.S. greenhouse gas emissions driving global warming, which, among other impacts, will spur a tremendous rise in sea levels.

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Recycling hits a rough patch

As late as April 2018, SONOCO Recycling LLC was writing checks to New Hanover County to pay for materials recycled by county and Wilmington residents and businesses.Those materials, including glass and co-mingled items such as plastics and paper, were, for the most part, sent overseas to be sorted and recycled into new products.Then the bottom suddenly dropped out of the market.

“Starting in early 2018, East Asian governments began banning, limiting or more heavily regulating U.S. recyclable exports,” according to the “The State of Recycling In North Carolina” from U.S. PIRG Education Fund and Environment North Carolina.

In December, New Hanover County paid SONOCO $9,382 to take those same recyclable materials off its hands. The county then billed the city for its share of the cost. The PIRG report essentially lays the blame for the sudden shift of recycling costs on what it says is the United States becoming dependent on exporting its recyclables.

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NC Gets Poor Recycling Grade

North Carolina is failing to make progress in its recycling efforts. That's one finding from a new study released by Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center, a nonprofit. The report shows that the state and country became too reliant on exporting waste to East Asian markets, which tightened restrictions on what they would accept.

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New study shows a decade of progress positions North Carolina to take clean energy to the next level

Since 2009, North Carolina has seen explosive growth in the amount of electricity it gets from the sun and a promising amount of growth in the wind energy sector, according to a new report released by Environment North Carolina Research & Policy Center. The report also highlights advances in the use of energy storage and electric vehicles. According to the data, North Carolina ranked 9th among the states for improvements in electricity energy efficiency programs.

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