North Carolina Energy regulations & environmental compliance analysis
North Carolina Energy: What you need to know
Governing Law and Regulations
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Renewable energy portfolio standard: General Statutes of North Carolina (N.C. Gen. Stat.) 62-133.8
North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. To date, the federal government's involvement in renewable energy programs has been limited to voluntary programs and to providing financial incentives for renewable energy generation.
North Carolina state legislation has established a renewable energy portfolio standard and has developed regulations for the permitting of certain renewable energy facilities.
North Carolina adopted regulations for the management of the use of hydraulic fracturing in March 2015, which allow for the permitting of oil and gas (O&G) exploration in the state.
• Administration and enforcement. The North Carolina Utilities Commission will oversee the state's renewable energy portfolio standard. The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) administers and enforces the permitting of wind energy facilities. DEQ's Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources enforces O&G regulations, including those that apply to hydraulic fracturing activities, in the state.
Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard
N.C. Gen. Stat. 62-133.8
North Carolina has passed renewable energy portfolio statutes requiring each public and municipal electric utility company that ...