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.
The recently issued request for proposals is a “signal to the offshore wind industry that North Carolina is open for business,” one observer said.