Clean Energy NC Initiatives

AdvanceNC, an innovative workforce development ecosystem, plays a pivotal role in filling the talent pipeline for major employers, driving remarkable economic growth in Central North Carolina.

The EnergizeNC coalition plans to design programs that have the greatest impact with a focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, providing access to clean energy, reducing monthly energy bills, and improving quality of life.

North Carolina is the birthplace of the environmental justice movement and has a rich history of community advocacy, but more work is needed to advance environmental justice within the State. Governor Cooper has taken a whole-of-government approach to advance environmental justice efforts and help improve the quality of life in North Carolina communities.

The North Carolina Climate Action Corps is an opportunity for AmeriCorps members to focus on helping the state achieve its climate goals, while also strengthening community resilience and offering participants opportunities for personal and professional growth.

NC TOWERS, the NC Taskforce for Offshore Wind Economic Resource Strategies, provides expert advice to Governor Cooper and state policymakers on ways to advance offshore wind energy projects in North Carolina, with a special focus on economic development and job creation.

Established by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program, or NEVI, provides nearly $5 billion to help states create a national network of 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations along designated alternative fuel corridors.

The electric vehicle (EV) sector is experiencing rapid growth resulting in a significant need for skilled workers across the industry. To ensure workers from all backgrounds can access the economic promise of the growing EV industry, and to support the decarbonization of our world, the Siemens Foundation created an EV workforce development initiative called EVeryone Charging Forward™.

STEPs4GROWTH works with employers to train students and adults to fill well-paying jobs in energy efficiency, renewable energy, clean vehicles, and grid & resiliency.

State Energy Research Centers and Offices

State Energy Research Centers 2

Appalachian State University

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

North Carolina State University

North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality

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