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NORTH CAROLINA CLIMATE CHANGE INDEX

Information included in the North Carolina Climate Change Index is drawn from public sources such as government websites, news articles and other public databases.

CLEAN ENERGY ECONOMY

  • Number of energy efficiency jobs in North Carolina: over 84,000
  • Number of energy efficiency businesses in North Carolina: over 14,000
  • Number of solar jobs in North Carolina: over 6,700
  • Number of homes in North Carolina that could be powered by solar energy: over 600,000
  • Number of solar businesses in North Carolina: 287
  • Number of North Carolinians working in energy transmission, distribution and storage: over 25,000
  • Number of jobs supported by wind energy in North Carolina: nearly 2,000
  • Number of wind turbines in North Carolina: over 100
  • Number of homes that could be powered by wind generation in North Carolina: over 50,000
  • Number of gallons of water consumption saved by North Carolina wind power generation in 2017: over 300 million gallons
  • Number of active wind manufacturing facilities in North Carolina: 27

EXTREME WEATHER IMPACTS 

  • Amount Hurricane Florence cost North Carolina in damages: $17 Billion
  • Amount extreme weather events have cost North Carolina’s agriculture industry: over $1.1 Billion
  • Number of North Carolinians at risk of coastal flooding today: 122,000
    • Additional North Carolinians projected to be at risk by 2050: 44,000
  • Number of extreme weather events that caused over $1 billion in economic losses from 2007-2016: 23
  • Number of people killed by extreme weather in North Carolina in 2017: 16
  • Number of acres consumed by wildfires in North Carolina in 2018: over 18,000

PUBLIC OPINION RESEARCH

  • Percentage of North Carolinians that believe climate change was happening in 2018: 69%
  • Percentage of North Carolinians that believe climate changes caused mostly by human activities in 2018: 55%