Clean Energy Plans & Progress

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In October 2018, Governor Roy Cooper released Executive Order No. 80 addressing North Carolina's commitment to climate change and transition to a clean energy economy. Per EO 80, the state of North Carolina is striving to accomplish these goals by 2025: 
   1, Reduce statewide greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 2005 levels.
   2. Increase the number of registered zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) to at least 80,000.
   3. Reduce energy consumption per square foot in state-owned buildings by at least 40 percent from fiscal year 2002-2003 levels.

These goals will be achieved through collaborative efforts among cabinet agencies on the  Climate Change Interagency Council, established by EO No. 80. 

Furthermore, in 2021 the Energy Solutions for North Carolina bill became law, requiring the state to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. 

NCDOA has two main directives as part of the Council.

Directive 1: Develop a NC Motor Fleet Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Plan that:
   * Identifies feasible trips for a ZEV
   * Recommends infrastructure necessary to support ZEV use
   * Develops procurement options and strategies to increase the purchase and use of ZEVs
   * Account for each agency ZEVs and miles driven by vehicle type for the Council to submit to the governor annually.  

Directive 2: Improve energy consumption by creating and implementing strategies to support the state building efficiency goal in EO No. 80 which includes:
   * Designate an energy point of contact (by January 15, 2019).
   * Develop a utility management plan (by March 1, 2019).
   * Report annually on utility consumption (by September 1, 2019). 

Progress Highlights for 2021
  • Motor Fleet Management released the EO80 Zero-Emission Vehicle Plan 2021 update
  • Motor Fleet Management ensured telematics were added to every state vehicle to help determine vehicles best suited for ZEV replacement. 
  • Motor Fleet Management now has 41 ZEVs in the state’s fleet and ordered 500+ hybrid vehicles. 
  • Mail Service Center ordered fully electric vans for their fleet to reduce gas costs and minimize the service’s emission’s impact. 
  • NCDOA continued work to make charging infrastructure more widely available for state vehicle use. 
NC Motor Fleet Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Plan

NC Motor Fleet Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Plan

2021 Progress Update


vehicles eligible for replacement with ZEV


Electric Vehicles in Motor Fleet


Hybrid vehicles ordered in 2021


of vehicle purchases in FY 2021 that were hybrid

  • NCDOA released the Motor Fleet Management EO80 Zero-Emission Vehicle Plan update in October. 
  • Motor Fleet Management ensured telematics is on every state vehicle, allowing data-informed decisions and mileage tracking to determine vehicles best suitable for ZEV replacement. 
  • The National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Sawatch Labs report identified 3,049 state vehicles that may be suitable for replacement with a ZEV at the end of their life cycles. In addition to reducing the state’s carbon footprint by reducing vehicle emissions, the transition to electric vehicles has the potential to save the state millions in total cost of ownership over the life of those vehicles.
  • The state motor fleet includes 41 ZEVs. Motor Fleet Management has ordered over 500 hybrid vehicles. 
  • Motor Fleet Management identified 143 vehicles eligible for ZEV replacement in FY 2021-2022 and 330 vehicles eligible for hybrid replacement in FY 2022-2023. As technologies for zero-emission vehicles and charging infrastructure continues to advance, the state will be able to replace even more vehicles with a ZEV.
  • Motor Fleet Management retooled the state vehicle procurement contract to secure more cost-effective ZEV and hybrid options. 
  • Increased collaboration and coordination among NCDOA, the Governor’s Office, and cabinet agencies have resulted in a renewed commitment to transition the state’s motor fleet to ZEVs where feasible. 
  • NCDOA and state agencies can accelerate the transition to zero-emission state vehicles by taking recommended actions to increase ZEV awareness, purchases, and charging infrastructure.


State Building Efficiency Plan

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