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Response to Duke Energy’s Proposed Combined Carbon Plan and Integrated Resources Plan (CPIRP)

Dec 5, 2023

Background on the Carbon Plan  In 2021, leadership in the North Carolina General Assembly and the Governor reached a bipartisan agreement to establish the first carbon reduction mandates for a state in the Southeast. This agreement was enacted into law as House Bill 951: Energy Solutions for North Carolina (HB 951). It requires Duke Energy (Duke) to…

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Clean Energy Contributes Billions to North Carolina’s Economy 

Oct 6, 2023

Did you know that North Carolina experienced $1.2 billion in renewable energy investment in 2022, which is 41 times the $29.8 million of investment seen in 2007? Throughout the state, there is evidence of the clean energy transition everywhere you look. From the widespread growth of utility-scale solar, to the ongoing buildout of electric vehicle…

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NC Utilities Commission Approves Innovative, Inclusive Energy Efficiency Program

Sep 29, 2023

NCSEA celebrates the recent news that the N.C. Utilities Commission (NCUC) issued an order approving the statewide rollout of an innovative energy efficiency program that will help homes receive much-needed upgrades at low-to-no upfront costs and see monthly net savings on their utility bills. We commend the NCUC for its decision that we expect will…

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Reflecting On Our Collective Achievements

Aug 30, 2023

After several months of planning, in July we announced that I was stepping down from the role of Executive Director here at the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA). It has been an honor to work with the team at NCSEA, the board, and all of our members and partners over the last seven years,…

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Habitat for Humanity Stays in the Habit of Energy Efficiency

Aug 25, 2023

This blog was collaboratively authored by Sydney Fox and Jessica Reid.    Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization known for building and retrofitting homes for income-qualified families in need. With a primary focus on new affordable home construction and home preservation, the organization is committed to building a sustainable and equitable future for communities.…

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A Legacy Gift Leads to Solar at Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry

Aug 24, 2023

Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry (ABCCM) recently received a generous donation to pay for a solar installation at its Transformation Village for homeless women and children. The donation allows the ministry to save about $3,000 per month on its energy bills and put that money toward other initiatives to help people recover from homelessness. ABCCM…

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Key Legislation and Regulation Driving Clean Energy in North Carolina 

Aug 21, 2023

North Carolina has been a national leader with continued room for growth in the clean energy transition as #4 in installed solar capacity and #2 in offshore wind net technical energy potential in the United States. Some policies have been key to the state’s progress in taking advantage of clean energy resources and the economic…

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Member Feature: Enel X Way Takes Charge of a Clean Transportation Future

Jul 27, 2023

This blog was coauthored by NCSEA and Enel X Way. Enel X Way is a subsidiary company of Fortune 200 renewable energy leader, the Enel Group, and is dedicated to electric mobility. Enel X Way, an NCSEA member, operates in 16 countries and manages over 500,000 public and private charging ports worldwide. Learn how they are transforming…

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Unlocking the Potential of Solar Leasing in North Carolina

Jul 24, 2023

  North Carolina’s transition to a fully decarbonized electricity sector can be greatly accelerated through the untapped potential of a more inclusive and accessible financial model: solar leasing.  Solar leasing offers a great way to expand access to photovoltaic (PV) systems by avoiding significant upfront costs, credit challenges/hurdles, and large capital investments made by homeowners.…

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Squeaky Clean Energy Podcast Episode 92: North Carolina Ratepayers Could Save How Much?? 

Jul 21, 2023

Ever since the failed $8.5 billion VC Sumner nuclear plant project in South Carolina, the region has been exploring ways to better protect ratepayers from utility overreach and unchecked spending. As a result, SC passed a bill to study the benefits of market reform for the state. A study conducted by Brattle Group found that…

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Leading with Joy and Passion: Dr. Rita L. Joyner and the Future of Women In Clean Energy

Jul 19, 2023

For anyone lucky enough to hear the phrase “Happy WICE Wednesday!” from the one and only Dr. Rita L. Joyner (“Dr. J”), there is a special sense of belonging that comes from these few words.  Founded in 2018, Women In Clean Energy (WICE) provides opportunities for both personal and professional development in a welcoming community…

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A Remarkable Transformation: Utility-Scale Solar Set to Surpass Coal in North Carolina’s Electricity Generation 

Jul 17, 2023

North Carolina’s energy landscape is on the brink of a remarkable milestone as utility-scale solar emerges as a dominant force, poised to overtake coal in the state’s net electricity generation. In this blog post, we explore the data behind this transformative shift, highlighting the impressive decline of coal and the ascending trajectory of solar in…

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Keeping Housing Affordable: The Status of Building Codes in NC 

Jul 12, 2023

Over the course of the past two years, the building experts at the NC Building Code Council, an appointed council charged with establishing codes and standards for the built environment in the state, have been weighing potential updates to North Carolina’s energy, fuel, and mechanical building codes. The council, staffed by the NC Commissioner of…

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Tapping into North Carolina’s Electric Vehicle Potential: The Power of Direct Sales

Jun 22, 2023

As North Carolina (NC) strives for a more sustainable future, the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) offers a compelling solution for reducing carbon emissions and promoting clean transportation. However, current restrictions on EV sales in NC limit consumers to traditional dealership models, with only Tesla being allowed to sell directly to consumers. It is time…

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Squeaky Clean Energy Podcast Episode 87: Short, Sweet, and a Solar Lease

Jun 1, 2023

On a fairly recent episode of the Squeaky Clean Energy Podcast, we travel out to Pembroke, North Carolina (NC), to learn more about a commercial PV system installed for the Lumbee Regional Development Association (LRDA). Eagle Solar & Light, along with Sunwealth, put together a financial package for the nonprofit, allowing them to install the…

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North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) works to enable clean energy jobs, economic opportunities, and affordable energy options for North Carolinians.

Each and every day, we work toward a vision of a North Carolina where the benefits of clean energy, including economic development opportunities, more affordable consumer bills, job growth, market exports, local tax based expansion, and an improved quality of life, are bountiful for all North Carolinians. NCSEA works with its members and partners to transform our state and region's energy system through market innovation and policy advocacy primarily in ten clean energy technology sectors: alternative fuel vehicles (primarily electric vehicles), biogas, energy efficiency, energy storage, geothermal, hydropower/marine, smart grid, solar, and wind.

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