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2025 Emerging Issues Forum

February 19, 2025
Raleigh, NC

The first part of the 2025-2027 Emerging Issues Forum series on North Carolina’s future-forward infrastructure will focus on the state’s energy landscape. 

The Challenge

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) projects global energy demand will increase by as much as three-quarters by 2050. According to Duke Energy, electricity demand in North Carolina is growing at the fastest rate seen in 30 years. Expected load growth by 2030 is now eight times higher than the expectations set in 2022’s North Carolina Carbon Plan.

North Carolina’s current electric grid is aging. Meeting the needs of our growing population and evolving economy will require rapid capacity expansion and diverse resources of electricity.

The Opportunity

Over the next year, IEI will work with state and local partners to examine the changes driving the electric grid of the future. We will research federal and state policies and investments shaping the state’s future energy profile, and engage in community and economic development conversations about future energy needs and concerns.

Stay tuned for more information.

Event Details

Feb. 18 & 19, 2025

Location information coming soon!

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