The Clean Power Suppliers Association, in partnership with the Energy Transition Institute, will award up to $20,000 in research fellowships to support implementation of North Carolina’s new carbon emissions reduction law.
Fellows will receive $5,000 to conduct part-time analysis on key topics related to achieving the state’s mandate, which was signed into law by Governor Cooper in 2021 and requires a 70% reduction in power sector GHG emissions by 2030 below 2005 levels and net-zero emissions by 2050.
North Carolina is the nation’s ninth most populous state, and as the first CO2 mandate in the U.S. passed by a Republican legislature, the new law carries significant implications for the future of state-level carbon policy. The law requires implementation of the carbon reduction mandate by the NC Utilities Commission, based on input and evidence presented by stakeholders like the Clean Power Suppliers Association.
Eligible candidates include graduate students, post-docs, and independent consultants and researchers, including engineers, legal and policy analysts, and energy market analysts. Research conducted by fellows will be used to inform regulatory implementation of the law, providing a unique opportunity for analysts to have an impact on state-level carbon policy. Fellows will have the opportunity to present their analysis to the state’s leading clean energy businesses and policy stakeholders.
The Clean Power Suppliers Association (CPSA) is a 501(c)(6) organization whose members are leading clean power developers and operators with significant operations in the Carolinas, and whose mission is to promote a sustainable future through the development of zero-carbon energy resources. Energy Transition Institute (ETI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit think tank with a mission of educating decision-makers and emerging leaders on the benefits of transitioning to environmentally responsible energy sources.
Application deadline: January 31, 2022
Eligibility: Eligible candidates include graduate students, post-docs, and independent consultants and researchers, including engineers, legal and policy analysts, and other energy market analysts. Candidates should be generally familiar with electricity sector decarbonization topics.
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Deadline: January 31, 2022
"The fellowship was immensely rewarding. With the Carolinas as a case-study, this fellowship helped me understand essential intuitional details of the energy sector that are fundamental to a low-carbon, low-cost, transition. ETI's team provided invaluable insight from their experience in the energy sector, and connections to knowledgeable stakeholders in the Carolinas. I absolutely recommend an ETI Fellowship for any scholar or activist interested in the energy transition.” -Matthew Butner, PhD, 2020 Fellow
"Working with the Energy Transition Institute gave me access to the resources and mentorship to move the conversation with my policy analysis... [it] gave me the opportunity to make a far greater impact on the conversation and on policy decisions than anywhere else. It’s a community and experience that I’m grateful to be a part of, and I’d recommend it to any early-career energy and climate professional who wants to make an impact in NC." -Tyler Fitch, 2020 Fellow