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The Role of Fuel Cost Volatility in Rising Electric Bills

Jul 18, 2024

When Duke Energy customers across the state got their utility bills earlier this year, many were shocked to find dramatic increases in the rates they were paying. The central reason: the high cost of natural gas.  In fact, EQ Research recently issued a report finding that between 46% and 67% (depending on where they live…

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Understanding Solar Net Metering Changes Impacting Duke Energy Customers

Jul 15, 2024

(Of note – the changes outlined in this blog took effect in October 2023.)  In 2023, the NC Utilities Commission approved changes to Duke Energy’s Net Energy Metering (NEM) policies for all customers-residential and nonresidential. These changes apply to both Duke Energy Carolina and Duke Energy Progress. It’s important for customers to understand the net…

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Bridging the Gap: Clean Energy Equity in North Carolina

Jul 8, 2024

Overview of Clean Energy in NC In recent years, North Carolina has emerged as a leader in solar energy adoption with over 9,000 MW of total installed solar capacity. While the overall picture of solar adoption in North Carolina is promising, significant disparities remain regarding who has access to these clean energy resources. Historically, low-income…

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Squeaky Clean Energy Podcast Transcription: Episode 112

Jul 3, 2024

Expediting OSW Development and Resource Diversification in NC (CPIRP) Duke Energy’s Carbon Plan (CPIRP) proceedings will continue to have huge impacts on the state of North Carolina for decades to come, defining how quickly our state can transition to renewable energy sources and who will reap the benefits. In a series of regulatory proceedings, NCSEA,…

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NCSEA Statement on SB802 (CPACE)

Jun 28, 2024

“The North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association applauds the General Assembly for passing C-PACE (Commercial Property Assessed Capital Expenditure) legislation today with the passage of Senate Bill 802. This new voluntary financing tool for businesses will facilitate investments in property improvements, unlock energy efficiency and weather resiliency, create jobs, and help reduce energy bills. Buildings will be better prepared to withstand…

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Five Things to Know as NC Plans its Energy Future  

Jun 28, 2024

The coming months are hugely important to North Carolina’s future as the North Carolina Utilities Commission reviews, and ultimately decides, Duke Energy’s plans for the next several decades.  This Carbon Plan / Integrated Resource Plan (CPIRP) process will lay out how Duke Energy produces electricity for decades and, as a result, how much we pay.…

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Squeaky Clean Energy Podcast Transcription: Episode 111

Jun 25, 2024

Customers Want More Clean Energy, but Why Isn’t There Any to Buy? North Carolina is home to numerous international corporations, many of which have ambitious sustainability goals. Currently, North Carolina is home to over 1,224 business-owned renewable energy projects, with ever-growing demand. Since 2017, Duke Energy’s Green Source Advantage (GSA) Program has offered large public…

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SB166 Puts North Carolinians’ Safety and Energy Savings on the Chopping Block 

Jun 12, 2024

Some of North Carolina’s largest housing developers are once again pushing the General Assembly to weaken building codes and roll back fire safety measures, all while trying to boost the building industry’s influence on the state’s appointed Building Code Council.  State legislators created the NC Building Code Council (NCBCC) in 1933 and authorized it to,…

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Advancing Consumer Protection within North Carolina’s Solar Industry 

May 7, 2024

The Importance of Protecting Residential Solar Consumers  Over the past few years, North Carolina has witnessed a rapid expansion in the solar industry. While utility-scale solar comprises most of the state’s installed capacity, 95% of the total number of installed systems are residential. Given the development of this market segment, it is vital that consumers…

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PowerPair Program Approved by NC Utilities Commission

Apr 24, 2024

New residential solar and battery storage incentive program approved in January, takes effect in May.  On January 11, the NC Utilities Commission approved a landmark pilot program called ‘PowerPair’ designed to lower the costs of new solar and battery storage systems for residential customers in Duke Energy Carolinas and Duke Energy Progress utility territories across…

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Riza Jenkins: Empowering an Equitable Clean Energy Transition 

Mar 25, 2024

We recently had the chance to chat with Riza Jenkins, NCSEA’s newly appointed board chair and the first Black woman to hold this position on the board. As Principal at her company The Azir Group and Vice President of Asset Management at PurEnergy, Riza has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to business development…

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More Than 80% of North Carolina Clean Energy Adopters Experience Significant Reductions in Energy Bills 

Feb 8, 2024

With information on clean energy ownership coming from such a broad range of sources, it can be difficult to determine the actual economic benefits of purchasing a solar system, an electric vehicle (EV), or another clean energy technology for your home. However, there is increasing evidence indicating the value of clean energy, including data from…

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NCSEA Statement on Duke Energy’s Carbon Plan Supplemental Planning Analysis

Feb 5, 2024

RALEIGH, N.C. – On January 31, Duke Energy filed a Verified Amended Petition for Approval of 2023-2024 Carbon Plan and Integrated Resource Plans and Supplemental Planning Analysis in the Carbon Plan/Integrated Resource Plan docket to adjust for the company’s increased load forecast. The filing sets out Duke’s plans to add a variety of generation resources…

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NCSEA Statement on Changes to Non-Residential Solar Net Metering

Jan 8, 2024

RALEIGH, N.C. – In December, the North Carolina Utilities Commission issued an order in the Duke Energy Carolinas rate case, which approved the utility’s proposed changes to non-residential solar compensation. The changes to these solar rates will greatly affect the economics of solar investments by small businesses and local governments and closely resemble the changes approved…

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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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Upcoming Events

Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference & Expo 2024

Register now for the Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference & Expo 2024! The 2024 Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference & Expo showcases the latest and greatest in advanced vehicles, fuels, and technologies – including data-driven solutions. This conference is a source of on-the-ground experience for increasing fleet efficiency and sustainability, while reducing emissions and costs. Join us…

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RE+ 24

RE+ celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2024! RE+ 24 brings the modern energy industry together to foster a cleaner future and marks its 20th year as the largest and most comprehensive event in North America for the clean energy industry. This conference is developed by the nation’s leading clean energy organizations, the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). Attendees will…

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Electrify Asheville-Buncombe ElectriFair

The ElectriFair is a free and fun one-day event for people interested in home electrification. Participants will explore electric technologies, learn more about incentives that lower their costs, connect with local contractors, and celebrate energy efficiency.

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RTCC Cleantech Spotlight: Leveraging Virtual Power Plants for Grid Flexibility and Reliability

Join the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster and the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association as we dive into what VPPs are, funding opportunities, and how they can play into the energy transition. This event will highlight how consumers can actively participate in and benefit from VPPs and identify opportunities for collaboration in energy management practices. Attendees…

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Making Energy Work Conference 2024

For more information visit: https://www.makingenergywork.com. NCSEA Members must be logged in using the member portal to view and receive their member discount.  

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NABCEP CE Conference 24

The advanced-level content presented at the annual NABCEP CE Conference is geared toward PV industry professionals who have experience with PV installation, solar + storage, technical sales, design, O&M, or system inspection.  This is the only industry event that allows NABCEP Board Certified Professionals to obtain as many as 20.5 hours of continuing education units…

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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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