An E&E News article addressing North Carolina’s dispute with EPA’s targets includes insider details on the state’s energy industry from AEE’s Vice President of Federal Policy, Arvin Ganesan:
Arvin Ganesan, vice president for federal policy at Advanced Energy Economy, said the driving factor in how North Carolina wants to comply with the Clean Power Plan is that the state expects the law to be overturned. He encouraged the state to develop long-term energy planning to operate in a carbon-constrained world.
"Planning is actually a silver bullet to any cost and reliability issues," he said, noting North Carolina's significant clean energy industry, which essentially gives the state a leg up in meeting EPA's goals. North Carolina also was the only one in the Southeast to adopt a mandatory renewable energy standard.
"I'm hoping that over time, in a less political environment, North Carolina is able to take advantage of those opportunities," Ganesan said.
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