Cohort 2: Energy

The Issue at Hand

The climate has come to the forefront of American life, and it influences North Carolina all the way from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Eastern coastline. However, there is discourse among state leaders about climate change, what it is or isn’t, and to what degree North Carolina should act. Beyond that, the climate is massively influential in our economy, family lives, and collective future. 

NCLF brought 37 leaders from across the state to meet five times between September 2017 and May 2018 including three times for two-day meetings at Duke University, in Kinston, and in Asheville, and for two day-long meetings at Duke. Participants included philanthropists, CEOs, mayors, legislators, and more to discuss North Carolina’s energy use.

The climate has come to the forefront of American life, and it influences North Carolina all the way from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Eastern coastline. However, there is discourse among state leaders about climate change, what it is or isn’t, and to what degree North Carolina should act. Beyond that, the climate is massively influential in our economy, family lives, and collective future. 

NCLF brought 37 leaders from across the state to meet five times between September 2017 and May 2018 including three times for two-day meetings at Duke University, in Kinston, and in Asheville, and for two day-long meetings at Duke. Participants included philanthropists, CEOs, mayors, legislators, and more to discuss North Carolina’s energy use.

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Cohort 2: Energy Final Report

This report summarizes the proceedings and findings of the second year of NCLF. During five sessions, we explored the question, “How can North Carolina best meet its future energy needs?”

After much discussion, the report outlines widespread agreement and disagreement on energy issues including: Climate Change, Electricity Regulation and Competition, Energy Poverty and Inequity, Energy for Transportation. Each section lists policies that participants overwhelmingly supported, were divided on, and largely opposed.

Following the policy discussion, there is a section regarding what was learned. From participants saying “I would never have had that kind of opportunity—or rather, taken that opportunity—to engage with someone so far out of my social circle/echo chamber” to the NCLF Steering Committee’s notes on how energy’s technical complexity changed the nature of the conversation, substantial information is present for other forums, for North Carolinians, and for those interested in energy.

Download the Final Report Here (PDF)

Cohort 2: Energy Final Report

This report summarizes the proceedings and findings of the second year of NCLF. During five sessions, we explored the question, “How can North Carolina best meet its future energy needs?”

After much discussion, the report outlines widespread agreement and disagreement on energy issues including: Climate Change, Electricity Regulation and Competition, Energy Poverty and Inequity, Energy for Transportation. Each section lists policies that participants overwhelmingly supported, were divided on, and largely opposed.

Following the policy discussion, there is a section regarding what was learned. From participants saying “I would never have had that kind of opportunity—or rather, taken that opportunity—to engage with someone so far out of my social circle/echo chamber” to the NCLF Steering Committee’s notes on how energy’s technical complexity changed the nature of the conversation, substantial information is present for other forums, for North Carolinians, and for those interested in energy.

Download the Final Report Here (PDF)

Participants from Cohort 2

Melanie Allen, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation

Ian Baltutis, Mayor of Burlington

Tamara Barringer, N.C. Senate

Anita Brown-Graham*, U.N.C. School of Government

Brian Buzby, N.C. Conservation Network

Algenon Cash, Wharton Gladden

Jack Cecil, Biltmore Farms LLC

Jay Chaudhuri, N.C. Senate

Adrienne Cole, Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce

Jennifer Copeland, N.C. Council of Churches

Courtney Crowder, Crowder Consulting

Natalie English, Wilmington Chamber of Commerce

Greg Fishel, Capitol Broadcasting

David Fountain, Duke Energy

Rick Glazier, N.C. Justice Center

Maurice “Mo” Green*, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation

Hank Henning, Guilford County Board of Commissioners

Mike Hager, former NCGA member

Reginald Holley, The Longmire Group

John Hood*, John William Pope Foundation

Angie Maier, North Carolina Pork Council

Esther Manheimer, Mayor of Asheville

Marilynn Marsh-Robinson, Environmental Defense Fund

Julie Mayfield, Asheville City Council

Graig Meyer, N.C. House of Representatives

Arthur Morehead*, The Duke Endowment

BJ Murphy, Mayor of Kinston

Chuck Neely*, Williams Mullen, former NCGA member

Art Pope, John William Pope Foundation

Michael S. Regan, N.C. Department of Environmental Quality

Jack Sommer, UNC-Charlotte

John Szoka, N.C. House of Representatives

Jack Temple, Tailored Chemical Products, Inc.

Ivan Urlaub, N.C. Sustainable Energy Association

Glen Webb, Pitt County Board of Commissioners

Leslie Winner*, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, former NCGA member

Curtis Wynn, Roanoke Electric Cooperative

Melanie Allen, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation

Ian Baltutis, Mayor of Burlington

Tamara Barringer, N.C. Senate

Anita Brown-Graham*, U.N.C. School of Government

Brian Buzby, N.C. Conservation Network

Algenon Cash, Wharton Gladden

Jack Cecil, Biltmore Farms LLC

Jay Chaudhuri, N.C. Senate

Adrienne Cole, Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce

Jennifer Copeland, N.C. Council of Churches

Courtney Crowder, Crowder Consulting

Natalie English, Wilmington Chamber of Commerce

Greg Fishel, Capitol Broadcasting

David Fountain, Duke Energy

Rick Glazier, N.C. Justice Center

Maurice “Mo” Green*, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation

Hank Henning, Guilford County Board of Commissioners

Mike Hager, former NCGA member

Reginald Holley, The Longmire Group

John Hood*, John William Pope Foundation

Angie Maier, North Carolina Pork Council

Esther Manheimer, Mayor of Asheville

Marilynn Marsh-Robinson, Environmental Defense Fund

Julie Mayfield, Asheville City Council

Graig Meyer, N.C. House of Representatives

Arthur Morehead*, The Duke Endowment

BJ Murphy, Mayor of Kinston

Chuck Neely*, Williams Mullen, former NCGA member

Art Pope, John William Pope Foundation

Michael S. Regan, N.C. Department of Environmental Quality

Jack Sommer, UNC-Charlotte

John Szoka, N.C. House of Representatives

Jack Temple, Tailored Chemical Products, Inc.

Ivan Urlaub, N.C. Sustainable Energy Association

Glen Webb, Pitt County Board of Commissioners

Leslie Winner*, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, former NCGA member

Curtis Wynn, Roanoke Electric Cooperative

Melanie Allen, Mary Reynolds Babcock

Foundation

Ian Baltutis, Mayor of Burlington

Tamara Barringer, N.C. Senate

Anita Brown-Graham*, U.N.C. School of

Government

Brian Buzby, N.C. Conservation Network

Algenon Cash, Wharton Gladden

Jack Cecil, Biltmore Farms LLC

Jay Chaudhuri, N.C. Senate

Adrienne Cole, Greater Raleigh

Chamber of Commerce

Jennifer Copeland, N.C. Council of

Churches

Courtney Crowder, Crowder Consulting

Natalie English, Wilmington Chamber

of Commerce

Greg Fishel, Capitol Broadcasting

David Fountain, Duke Energy

Rick Glazier, N.C. Justice Center

Maurice “Mo” Green*, Z. Smith

Reynolds Foundation

Hank Henning, Guilford County Board

of Commissioners

Mike Hager, former NCGA member

Reginald Holley, The Longmire Group

John Hood*, John William Pope

Foundation

Angie Maier, North Carolina Pork

Council

Esther Manheimer, Mayor of Asheville

Marilynn Marsh-Robinson, Environmental

Defense Fund

Julie Mayfield, Asheville City Council

Graig Meyer, N.C. House of

Representatives

Arthur Morehead*, The Duke

Endowment

BJ Murphy, Mayor of Kinston

Chuck Neely*, Williams Mullen, former

NCGA member

Art Pope, John William Pope Foundation

Michael S. Regan, N.C. Department of

Environmental Quality

Jack Sommer, UNC-Charlotte

John Szoka, N.C. House of

Representatives

Jack Temple, Tailored Chemical

Products, Inc.

Ivan Urlaub, N.C. Sustainable Energy

Association

Glen Webb, Pitt County Board of

Commissioners

Leslie Winner*, Z. Smith Reynolds

Foundation, former NCGA member

Curtis Wynn, Roanoke Electric

Cooperative

*Denotes NCLF Steering Committee Member

Supplements

Policy Memos

The John Locke Foundation, North Carolina Justice Center, 350.org, Duke Energy, Sierra Club, and the NC Sustainable Energy Association put together solutions that were presented and discussed at the Forum. The groups proposed policies on Energy Equity, Climate Change, Natural Gas Futures, Electricity Regulation, and Electric Vehicles.

Download the Policy Memos Here (PDF)

Policy Memos

The John Locke Foundation, North Carolina Justice Center, 350.org, Duke Energy, Sierra Club, and the NC Sustainable Energy Association put together solutions that were presented and discussed at the Forum. The groups proposed policies on Energy Equity, Climate Change, Natural Gas Futures, Electricity Regulation, and Electric Vehicles.

Download the Policy Memos Here (PDF)

Background Research

A data supplement was provided to participants, prepared by the Regulatory Assistance Project in June 2016. The paper, titled “Eletricity Regulation in the US,” overviews the purpose of utility regulation, history of regulation, industry structure, what is regulated, and more. 

Download the Background Research Here (PDF)

Background Research

A data supplement was provided to participants, prepared by the Regulatory Assistance Project in June 2016. The paper, titled “Eletricity Regulation in the US,” overviews the purpose of utility regulation, history of regulation, industry structure, what is regulated, and more. 

Download the Background Research Here (PDF)

Videos

Participants were presented seven videos throughout the forum, listed below. Each story captured a different aspect of the problem and revealed how multifaceted the challenge was that we were seeking to address. The stories also reminded us that real people and their struggles often do not fit neatly into any single explanation we might have for why they struggle.

Videos

Participants were presented seven videos throughout the forum, listed below. Each story captured a different aspect of the problem and revealed how multifaceted the challenge was that we were seeking to address. The stories also reminded us that real people and their struggles often do not fit neatly into any single explanation we might have for why they struggle.

Amazon Wind Farm

Electricity Need

Help with Insulation

Light Rail

Amazon Wind Farm

Electricity Need

Help with Insulation

Light Rail

Amazon Wind Farm

Electricity Need

Help with Insulation

Light Rail

Bill Brown & NET Power

Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Okracoke Microgrid

Bill Brown & NET Power

Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Okracoke Microgrid