Legislative politics, industry influence, and financial pressures from an aging bus fleet helped shape spending.
Groups say they will drop their opposition to half the Duke Energy’s grid improvement plan if the utility agrees to consider climate change in future grid planning.
After a three-year political struggle over spending authority, state lawmakers approved a plan with little fanfare.
A bill to require state-run buildings to conserve electricity and water has been lodged in a Senate committee for over a year.
Critics fear the report charts a business-as-usual pathway that conflicts with the state’s energy goals.