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NCSEA’s statement on the Currituck County Solar Ban

It is unfortunate that Currituck County residents will miss out on future jobs and land-lease payments from additional local solar development. The recent move to ban new solar projects from coming to the area shuts the door on the millions of dollars* in economic development and increased property tax revenues generated by existing Currituck County…

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A Reflection on 2016

2016 was a significant year of transition for both the NC Sustainable Energy Association and our state’s clean energy economy. NCSEA starts our 39th year stronger, more capable, and better positioned to advance clean energy on all fronts than at any time in NCSEA’s modern history. NCSEA stands ready to deliver on our commitment to make…

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Thank You, Ruth

In her 57 years of life, Ruth Samuelson was many things to many people. Among her many roles: wife, mother, friend, mentor – and a principled change-maker. Today and in the years to come, NC Sustainable Energy Association cherishes the legacy of Ruth, a Republican who saw past the traditional “us vs. them” and fought…

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NCSEA’s 2016 Accomplishments

As 2016 comes to a close, we reflect on a year filled with much uncertainty. This is not a new concept to us – but neither is resiliency. Thanks to your support of NCSEA, everyone in North Carolina breathes cleaner air and lives a little better. Your giving has helped grow the clean energy economy, reduced…

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Looking forward to 2017

The 2016 election season has finally come to a close, and many are wondering what’s next for clean energy. NCSEA’s answer? To borrow from sports terminology, North Carolina still controls its own destiny. You see, North Carolina’s $7 billion clean energy economy is resilient, thanks to years of conditioning through adversity. The gray area is…

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Reflections on the 2016 Election

Change can be difficult.  It always comes with challenges and opportunities.  Over the last few days, we at NCSEA have been reading a lot of surprise and concern about the election and speculation as to its meaning for energy policy both at the Federal level and at home in North Carolina.  There will be challenges.…

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Making Energy Work 2016: Your Questions, Answered

Making Energy Work 2016: Your Questions, Answered! Thank you to the many MEW 2016 attendees for participating in the exciting conversation about our long-term energy future. The following is a recap of key questions asked at MEW, organized by the panels where they were asked. In the recent weeks following MEW, we asked panelists to…

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The Latest Misinformation About the Impact of NC’s Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard

Last week, the Civitas Institute published a report, “North Carolina’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard: Examining the Economic Effects” that criticizes NC’s Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard, or REPS. The NC General Assembly passed Senate Bill 3 in 2007, which included the REPS, with overwhelming support. Despite attempts by opponents to repeal the REPS law in recent…

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July Giga-Thought: Why is an energy vision for North Carolina’s energy economy necessary now?

By NCSEA’s Ivan Urlaub & Diane Cherry New energy technologies are becoming ever more affordable and changing our homes, how and where we work, and the infrastructure connecting and powering our communities. For several decades, energy consumers in North Carolina have relied on service from their energy utilities. When we only had five resources (coal,…

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June Giga-Thought: Better Policies Needed for our Growing Energy Economy

By Robert “Tate” Rust, Waterfurnace International, Territory Manager Since the expiration of North Carolina’s Renewable Energy Investment Tax Credit (RE ITC) in 2015, many things have changed. South Carolina approved a tax incentive for any individual or business installing geothermal ground source heat pumps (GSHPs) and Virginia appears to be on their way to something…

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