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Week in Review for NCSEA

September 9, 2012 7:59 PM | Posted By: Kathleen Fleming, Director of Business Development

On Thursday September 6 more than 100 people from Western North Carolina attended the Second Annual Clean Energy in the Mountains hosted by NCSEA, FLS Energy, the Blue Ridge Entrepreneurial Council and Pisgah Brewing Company.  The event held in Black Mountain brought community awareness for the need for more clean energy alternatives in the utility portfolio.   

For anyone going to Solar Power International in Orlando this coming week, please visit us at Booth 3548.

NCSEA has confirmed four keynote speakers at its Annual Making Energy Work Conference on October 10 and 11 in Charlotte, NC:  Annabelle Lee, Dale Collie, Michel Di Capua and Ron Binz.  Do not miss out on this exciting and informative event.  Register today.


NCSEA Week in Review

September 9, 2012 7:28 PM | Posted By: Kathleen Fleming, Director of Business Development

On Thursday, September 6 more than 100 people from Western North Carolina attended the Second Annual Clean Energy in the Mountains hosted by NCSEA, FLS Energy, the Blue Ridge Entrepreneurial Council and Highland Brewing Company.  The event, held in Black Mountain brought community awareness for the need for more clean energy alternatives in the utility portfolio.   

For anyone going to Solar Power International in Orlando this coming week, please visit us at Booth 3548.

NCSEA has confirmed four keynote speakers at its annual Making Energy Work Conference on October 10 and 11 in Charlotte, NC.  Annabelle Lee, Dale Collie, Michel Di Capua and Ron Binz will be keynoting at the conference.   Do not miss out on attending this informative and inspiring event.  Register today.


AIA Announces Third Annual Triangle Residential Architecture Tour October 6

September 5, 2012 2:35 PM | Posted By: Kathleen Fleming, Director of Business Development

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Triangle Section announced its third annual Triangle Tour of Residential Architecture.  The self-guided tour will feature six award-winning, architect-designed homes throughout the Triangle and will take place on Saturday, October 6 between 10:00 and 5:00 p.m. with a cost of $15 per person.


Jacqueline Patterson, Sheercom LLC Founder and NCSEA Board Member Participated on Jobs Panel at DNC

September 5, 2012 12:53 PM | Posted By: Kathleen Fleming, Director of Business Development

NCSEA Board Member and Sheercom LLC Founder, Jacqueline Patterson participated on the Creating Jobs:  Female Founders Panel at the DNC on September 6 at 10:a.m..  The panel also featured Kay Koplovitz, Chairman and CEO, Koplovitz & Co., Sara Garces, Founder, Packard Place, Molly Barker, Founder, Girls on the Run and Rachel Sklar, Founder, Change the Ratio. This panel focused on female entrepreneurs as job creators, and examined the obstacles and strategies particular to their success stories.


NCSEA Clean Energy Finance Forum Gives Attendants Expert Insight

August 23, 2012 2:15 PM | Posted By: Amneris Solano

NC Sustainable Energy Association's "Crafting a Professional Playbook for Clean Energy Financing & Development" drew 150 participants to the Piedmont Natural Gas building in Charlotte. The event brought together accountants, architects, attorneys, banking executives, venture capitalists, clean energy developers, installers, engineers and others to connect, share ideas and gain insiders’ perspectives into the world of clean energy financing. Discussion topics included the fundamentals of clean energy financing and incentives and best practices for funding clean energy projects.


NCUC Approves Heightened REPS Transparency Measures

August 16, 2012 5:13 PM | Posted By: Amneris Solano

By Jim Kennerly, Policy and Regulatory Analyst

The NC Utilities Commission approved Duke Energy’s customer charges for its 2011 spending on 1) compliance with the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (REPS) and 2) its fuel and fuel-related costs.


NCUC Hires Outside Counsel in Post-Merger Investigation

August 1, 2012 4:55 PM | Posted By: Amneris Solano

The North Carolina Utilities Commission has hired Anton R. Valukas and the law firm of Jenner & Block as outside counsel to assist in its investigation of the Duke Energy and Progress Energy merger. Valukas is a litigator and the Chairman of Jenner & Block, a national firm which has offices in Chicago, Washington D.C., New York and Los Angeles.

The Commission approved the merger on June 29, 2012. But the Commission has been investigating whether it was misled after news broke that Bill Johnson, the former head of Progress Energy, was removed from the top spot and replaced by James E. Rogers, the Duke chief executive.

Johnson, Rogers and two Duke directors — Ann Maynard Gray and Michael Browning — and two former Progress directors, E. Marie McKee and James Hyler Jr. — were asked to testify before the Commission in July. Following the hearings, the Commission said it would continue to look into the matter.

The North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) intervened in the merger proceedings and requested that Duke Energy and Progress Energy be combined only on the condition that the utilities take certain mitigation measures. One of those measures was for the combined utility to offer on-bill financing as a way to make energy efficiency measures accessible and affordable to residential customers who may not be able secure a loan to pay for efficiency improvements.

Earlier this week, NCSEA entered into an agreement with Duke Energy and Progress Energy to try to design an on-bill financing program by year’s end that will work for the utilities, their customers and renewable energy and energy efficiency developers.


NCSEA and Duke-Progress to Discuss Program for On-Bill Financing

July 31, 2012 6:53 PM | Posted By: Amneris Solano

The North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) has entered into an agreement with Duke Energy and Progress Energy to try to design an on-bill financing program that will work for the utilities, their customers and renewable energy and energy efficiency developers

Energy efficiency improvements and rooftop solar are often too costly for customers, even after taking utility incentives into account. Duke, Progress and NCSEA will explore the feasibility of an on-bill financing program that addresses the up-front cost hurdle. A successfully implemented program would promote a more resilient, secure and affordable energy future for all of North Carolina.

Duke, Progress and NCSEA hope the Public Staff, the South Carolina Regulatory, NC Attorney General, NAACP, AARP, the NC Justice Center, Environmental Defense Fund and the NC Farm Bureau will be direct participants the discussion.


Duke-Progress, NCSEA and Others Reach Agreement in Swine Poultry Set Aside Case

July 31, 2012 6:33 PM | Posted By: Amneris Solano & Ivan Urlaub, Executive Director

Duke Energy and Progress Energy have agreed to disclose additional information about their ongoing efforts to comply with the swine/poultry waste-to-energy obligations included in the Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (REPS) law. The utilities filed a settlement agreement on Tuesday, July 31 with the North Carolina Utilities Commission.

Earlier this summer, North Carolina’s electric suppliers — Duke, Progress, Dominion and the municipal and cooperative power companies — indicated to the Commission that they would not be able to comply with their 2012 and 2013 swine and poultry waste-to-energy REPS requirements.


Update: NCSEA Regulatory Filings

July 27, 2012 3:47 PM | Posted By: Amneris Solano

The North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) filed comments and a post-hearing brief in three different regulatory matters this week. The dockets were filed with the North Carolina Utilities Commission.

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