NC Utilities Commission Issues Performance Based Regulations Order

On Thursday, in accordance with the requirements of HB951: Energy Solutions for North Carolina, the NC Utilities Commission (NCUC) issued an order adopting rules governing Performance-Based Regulations (PBR) for the regulated electric utilities in North Carolina. Performance-based regulation is an approach to utility regulation that incentivizes utility performance through mechanisms such as multi-year ratemaking and…

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Energy Futurist Carl Wilkins

This article was originally authored by Janelle Martin and published as part of NCSEA’s 2021 series featuring prominent black voices within the Clean Energy Industry. NCSEA is incredibly excited to share Carl’s story again to recognize his continued leadership within the clean energy industry.   Having grown up in a conservative family, the importance of saving…

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No Home Left Behind: Greensboro Solar CARES Project

We can no longer afford to ignore the energy burden conversation, especially as it relates to underserved populations in the United States. Many families are challenged with paying their energy bills every month–constantly having to choose between basic essentials like getting food, buying medication, or keeping their lights on–and North Carolinians are no exception to…

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What’s the Deal with Performance-Based Regulation (PBR) Rulemaking?

House Bill 951 (HB951), Energy Solutions for North Carolina, was the major energy legislation that passed during North Carolina’s 2021 legislative session and lays out a number of policy changes to how North Carolina regulates energy. Following the enactment of HB951 on Oct. 13, 2021, the NC Utilities Commission (NCUC) began opening dockets to implement the legislation. Follow along as NCSEA works to successfully implement this law, piece by piece, before the NCUC and ensure a…

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Unpacking HB951

On Oct. 13, 2021, Gov. Roy Cooper signed House Bill 951 Energy Solutions for North Carolina (HB951) into law, enacting a decade’s worth of energy policy to come. This bipartisan legislation–borne of a lengthy stakeholder process initiated in the North Carolina House of Representatives and culminating last week with the release of a compromise bill negotiated between Senate leader Phil Berger and Gov. Cooper–will alter North Carolina’s energy policy landscape in a number of significant…

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2021 National Clean Energy Week (NCEW)

And that’s a wrap for National Clean Energy Week! For the last five days (September 20–25), we’ve been celebrating organizations, innovators, and policies that have been impactful to the clean energy landscape in North Carolina. This nationwide celebration was made possible “by a network of national clean energy leaders dedicated to reducing emissions while growing the…

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Reducing Energy Requirements from the Start

Originally published in August 2021 – Clean Energy Storyteller.  For many decades now, homebuilders have employed the use of wood or metal framing when constructing the structural framework of a project.  While these traditional methods have their advantages, and while advancements have been made on increasing the performance of stud framed homes, the potential for…

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What You Need to Know About Building Performance and HERS Ratings

What is building performance?  In today’s world, we have grown so accustomed to our built environment that we rarely consider the nuances of the processes that keep all of the essential buildings we use running. One of the only times we may consider all of these moving parts is when we receive our utility bills every month. If you notice your electric bill…

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Episode 53: Flexin’ on Energy Storage

Today, NCSEA released the 53rd episode of the Squeaky Clean Energy Podcast, “ Flexin’ on Energy Storage in North Carolina,” which focuses on the development and delivery of energy storage technology. To highlight North Carolina’s role in this exciting wave of innovation, host Matt Abele speaks with Jason Abiecunas, Vice President of Development at FlexGen about his company’s role in building out the storage economy of the future.   As the…

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A Guide to Using Smart Thermostats

In the past few years, smart thermostats have become popular among environmentally-conscious homeowners. With them, homeowners become more energy efficient – making the most out of their HVAC unit while saving energy and money without compromising the comfort level of their home.

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