Clean Energy in the Mountains 2023

May 18, 2023 6:00PM—9:00PM


Highland Brewing 12 Old Charlotte Highway, Suite 200 Asheville, NC 28803



Clean Energy in the Mountains: The Path to Net Zero 

Starting with Executive Order 80 in North Carolina, the Cooper Administration has prioritized decarbonizing the statewide economy by 2050. Since that EO, we’ve seen the passage of HB951, mandating 70% emissions reductions in the electricity sector by 2030 and net-zero emissions by 2050. This led to the first iteration of NC’s Carbon Plan released at the end of 2022. Furthermore, we’ve also seen the administration release a deep decarbonization pathways analysis, along with the NC Clean Transportation Plan outlining strategies to decarbonize other sectors of the economy as well. At the event, we’ll feature a moderated panel conversation providing the latest updates on North Carolina’s path to decarbonization, while highlighting the role that local governments, community organizations, and private companies play in meeting our state’s goals.

Join us after the discussion for networking with fellow clean energy industry professionals, advocates, and supporters.

Just added – Sustainability Tour of Highland Brewing
Attendees will have the opportunity to go on a behind the scenes tour of Highland Brewing Company’s sustainability initiatives on-site just before the Clean Energy in the Mountains event begins from 5:30 – 6:00 p.m. Note – there is very limited availability, so if you’d like to participate, please select the option as you’re completing your registration. If you’d like to attend this tour and have already registered for the event, please email Jacquil Toon at


  • Welcome from NCSEA’s Executive Director, Ward Lenz
  • Moderated panel discussion featuring:
    • Zach Amittay, E2
    • Brownie Newman, Buncombe County Commission
    • Luis Martinez, NRDC
    • Evan Becka, Pisgah Energy
    • Bridget Herring, City of Asheville
  • Drinks and networking with all those in attendance

Admission to the event includes two complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres

Ticket Prices:

  • Non-NCSEA Members: $40
  • NCSEA Members (Individual/Non-profit/Businesses): $25
    Help us expand our membership! Members are invited to bring a non-member who is a clean energy professional, or supporter interested in learning more about NCSEA. Members must login to receive their member pricing. Guests must be registered at the time of member registration.
  • Guest of NCSEA Member: $25 

Sponsorship Opportunities:
To learn more about our sponsorship opportunities, please click the links below, or reach out to Matt Abele at