Member Highlight: Community Housing Partners Drives Weatherization in Virginia 

This article features one of NCSEA’s members, Community Housing Partners (CHP). While CHP offers a wide range of services, this article primarily focuses on their Energy Solutions division, including weatherization. We spoke with Everett Brubaker and Chase Counts from the organization to learn more about their work focused on affordable housing solutions. Along with his…

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In Focus: NC GreenPower’s Solar+ Schools Program 

NC GreenPower and Edgecombe Early College staff and students stand in front of an installed solar system funded by the Solar+ Schools Program (Photo Credit: NC GreenPower)  NC GreenPower  NCSEA had the opportunity to talk with Katie Lebrato, Marketing Communications Director at NC GreenPower, a close partner organization of NCSEA.  Headquartered in Raleigh, NC GreenPower…

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Plugging in: An Update on the Clean Transportation Plan 

Under Executive Order (EO) 246, Governor Cooper established a target of 1.25 million zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) on the road in North Carolina by 2030. Within that EO, the Governor directed the NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to create a Clean Transportation Plan no later than April 2023 outlining recommendations to reach the ZEV targets. This…

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Duke Energy’s Proposed Carbon Plan: NCSEA’s Initial Analysis & Considerations for a Clean Energy Future 

Duke Energy filed its proposed Carbon Plan with the NC Utilities Commission on May 16. This article provides a preliminary analysis of the proposed plan, including projected deadlines, methodologies, and assumptions. Stay tuned for more information and a deeper dive in the coming weeks. Check out this NCSEA article for additional context on the stakeholder…

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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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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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Clean Energy in Appalachia

The Appalachian region encompasses a large region of the United States stretching from the Southern counties of New York all the way to Northern Alabama and Mississippi. This region is historically known for its coal mining practices but is also well-positioned to encourage the shift to a clean energy future.  Over the past few decades, there has been a decrease in the demand for…

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