North Carolina clean energy and building performance nonprofits NCSEA and NCBPA sign merger agreement

North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) announced today the merger of the North Carolina Building Performance Association (NCBPA) with NCSEA—bringing together two of the leading voices in North Carolina’s clean energy transition. Conversations about the consolidation of the two nonprofit organizations has been ongoing for several months, and as of July 1, 2021 the NCBPA…

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NCSEA Statement on NCUC Approval of Settlement in Rate Case

The North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) has just issued an order approving a settlement agreement between NCSEA, Duke Energy, the North Carolina Justice Center, North Carolina Housing Coalition, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Southern Alliance for Clean Energy represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) in Duke Energy’s most recent rate case. This settlement agreement offers opportunities to increase access to clean energy and energy bill support for North Carolina’s low- to moderate-income energy consumers through, among other things, measured…

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NCSEA Statement on Duke Energy’s 2020 Integrated Resource Plans

Yesterday, NCSEA joined several other parties in submitting comments to the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) in response to Duke Energy’s proposed Integrated Resource Plans (IRP). NCSEA and our partners utilized the expertise of Synapse Energy Economics (Synapse) to evaluate Duke’s IRPs and propose an alternative. The resulting report demonstrates that the plans Duke submitted are not the least-cost option, despite the fact that Duke is obligated by…

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NCSEA statement on HB589

NCSEA supported the original version of House Bill 589, which passed the House on June 7, and was the result of an extensive, 9-month-long stakeholder process and negotiations. This legislation would have been a bipartisan compromise that was overall good for consumers, industry, and utilities. Unfortunately, the final negotiations that occurred late last night between…

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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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