News Tip: Experts Available for Comment on NC Climate Executive Order

Two Duke climate experts are available to comment on Gov. Roy Cooper’s climate initiative

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper today announced an executive order aimed at addressing climate change and advancing the clean energy economy in the state.

Jen Weiss

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“Gov. Cooper’s goal of reducing GHG emissions 40 percent by 2025 is ambitious, but feasible if clean energy and energy efficiency stakeholders work together to coordinate a plan,” says Jen Weiss, a senior policy associate at Duke’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. Weiss recently ran a workshop aimed at building an energy efficiency roadmap for North Carolina.

“The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality is partnering in this effort and hopes that the outcome of this process may be rolled into the state’s proposed clean energy plan and used to meet the climate goals laid out by Gov. Cooper today.”

Bio:
Jen Weiss is a senior policy associate in the Climate and Energy Program at Duke’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. Her work focuses on financing mechanisms for renewable energy, and analyzes the impact of new energy policies, mandates, and programs on new and existing energy projects.

For additional comments, contact Jen Weiss at:
jen.weiss@duke.edu

Tim Profeta

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“Climate policy in North Carolina just matured. The Executive Order announced today appears to be a pragmatic and comprehensive look at the levers of North Carolina government that can be used to mitigate the risks of climate change while embracing the economic opportunities available in the effort,” says Tim Profeta, director of Duke’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.

Bio:
Tim Profeta directs Duke’s Nicholas Institute and has worked for nearly two decades on climate policy, with a particular focus on the use of market forces to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. His recent work has focused on using flexible mechanisms to create climate regulations in the U.S. under the Clean Air Act and how the model of carbon regulation being developed in the U.S. could translate to other countries. 

For additional comments, contact Tim Profeta at:
tim.profeta@duke.edu

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