NC Sustainable Energy Association

NC Sustainable Energy Association Sharing information about our sustainable future. Founded in 1978, NCSEA is a 501(c)3 non-profit membership organization of individuals, businesses, government and non-profits interested in North Carolina's sustainable energy future.
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Located in Raleigh, but active throughout the state, NCSEA is the only non-profit in North Carolina devoted to leading public policy change and driving market development in ways that will create green jobs in a new energy economy. NCSEA knows that it takes much more than one program, policy or group to achieve a sustainable energy future and economy for North Carolina, which is why we work with NCSEA members, government officials, business leaders, communities, partner organizations and the general public. We believe the key to success is through removing policy barriers to market development, advocating for policies that will lead to a sustainable energy future, and educating North Carolinians about sustainable energy - all of which will help the industry grow.

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Our Making Energy Work webinar series is back by popular demand! Join hundreds of attendees from across the country to g...
04/01/2021

Our Making Energy Work webinar series is back by popular demand! Join hundreds of attendees from across the country to get the latest scoop on trending clean energy topics sweeping the industry. Mark your calendars for our first webinar in the series on May 19 at 2pm! Learn more and register: https://www.makingenergywork.com/ #MEW2021

President Biden announced a plan to generate 30GW of offshore wind energy (enough to power more than 10 million homes!) ...
03/31/2021
Editorial: Biden's offshore wind plan a boost for NC :: WRAL.com

President Biden announced a plan to generate 30GW of offshore wind energy (enough to power more than 10 million homes!) along the east coast by the end of the decade, and North Carolina has the leading edge. Read more: https://www.wral.com/editorial-biden-s-offshore-wind-plan-a-boost-for-nc/19603085/ #offshorewind

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 -- It is a White House initiative that could be custom-made for North Carolina. President Joseph Biden announced a plan to generate 30-gigawatts of east coast offshore wind power by the end of the decade. He will speed up permitting, provide low-interest loans, fund improve...

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03/31/2021

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"In rural North Carolina, an electric cooperative is reliving its New Deal history, bringing technologies like electric ...
03/30/2021
North Carolina Electric Cooperative Aims To Make New Technologies Accessible To All

"In rural North Carolina, an electric cooperative is reliving its New Deal history, bringing technologies like electric cars and broadband Internet to isolated communities struggling with poverty." Read more: https://www.npr.org/2021/03/21/979683444/north-carolina-electric-cooperative-aims-to-make-new-technologies-accessible-to-

In rural North Carolina, an electric cooperative is reliving its New Deal history, bringing technologies like electric cars and broadband Internet to isolated communities struggling with poverty.

Michael Regan, a North Carolina native who has just been confirmed to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, sha...
03/25/2021
How Michael Regan Plans to Fix the EPA

Michael Regan, a North Carolina native who has just been confirmed to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, shares how he will restore the agency and implement the most ambitious agenda in history. Read the story via Rolling Stone: https://www-rollingstone-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/michael-regan-confirmed-epa-climate-crisis-biden-1139383/amp/

Regan, who has just been confirmed by the Senate to head the EPA, tells Rolling Stone how he’ll restore the agency and help implement the most ambitious climate agenda in history

The City of Wilmington, NC Government has received a $270,000 grant to fund an electric trash collection vehicle, one of...
03/24/2021
Wilmington awarded $270k in grant funding for electric trash collection truck, would be one of first in state

The City of Wilmington, NC Government has received a $270,000 grant to fund an electric trash collection vehicle, one of the first of its kind in North Carolina. If the City Council accepts the grant, the vehicle could be expected to arrive in Wilmington at the end of 2021 or early 2022. Learn more: https://www.wect.com/2021/02/14/wilmington-awarded-k-grant-funding-electric-trash-collection-truck-would-be-one-first-state/

In an effort to curb diesel emissions the state has granted the City of Wilmington approximately $270,000 to fund a fully-electric trash truck to replace a current vehicle.

“South Carolina Sen. Tom Davis, R, the clean energy industry and R Street also called on FERC to host a technical confer...
03/23/2021
Renewables industry questions whether Duke, Southern SEEM proposal would limit competition

“South Carolina Sen. Tom Davis, R, the clean energy industry and R Street also called on FERC to host a technical conference in order to explore southeast market reform with a broader array of stakeholders.” via Utility Dive. Read the article in full: https://www.utilitydive.com/news/renewables-industry-questions-whether-duke-southern-seem-proposal-would-li/596828/

In comments filed with federal regulators, stakeholders said utilities' proposal to create a Southeast Energy Exchange Market has the potential to bring more renewables onto the grid, if implemented correctly.

Happy #WomensHistoryMonth from NCSEA! Read our latest blog post to learn about some women who have had a monumental role...
03/22/2021
March is Women's History Month - NC Sustainable Energy Association

Happy #WomensHistoryMonth from NCSEA! Read our latest blog post to learn about some women who have had a monumental role in shaping the clean energy landscape to what we know today and NCSEA's Women in Clean Energy initiative: https://energync.org/2021-womens-history-month/

Happy Women’s History Month! At NCSEA, we believe that women play a vital role in contributing to and developing the clean energy industry. The women featured in this blog have had a monumental role in shaping the clean energy landscape to what we know today. From designing the first sol...

On the latest episode of the Squeaky Clean podcast, we talk with Kate Konschnik, Climate & Energy Director at the Nichol...
03/18/2021

On the latest episode of the Squeaky Clean podcast, we talk with Kate Konschnik, Climate & Energy Director at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions about the A1 recommendation from North Carolina’s Clean Energy Plan – decarbonizing the electric sector. Listen now! https://soundcloud.com/energync/episode45

NCSEA members Pine Gate Renewables and Honeywell have been rated as some of the most innovative companies in the nation....
03/17/2021
Atom Power, Pine Gate Renewables make Fast Company's list of 'most innovative energy companies' - Charlotte Business Journal

NCSEA members Pine Gate Renewables and Honeywell have been rated as some of the most innovative companies in the nation. In FastCompany's "Most Innovative Company List," Pine Gate Renewables is ranked sixth in the energy industry and Honeywell ranks second on the Enterprise list. Congratulations! https://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/news/2021/03/09/atom-power-makes-most-innovative-companies-list.html

Huntersville-based Atom Power and Pine Gate Renewables, based in Asheville, both made Fast Company’s list of the "10 most innovative energy companies" for 2021.

In a new report, the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and UNC Center for Climate, Energy, Environme...
03/15/2021
North Carolina Power Sector Carbon Policies

In a new report, the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and UNC Center for Climate, Energy, Environment & Economics analyzed several policies that could meet the carbon reduction goal laid out in NCDEQ's Clean Energy plan. Read the report and key findings: https://bit.ly/NCCarbonPolicy

The North Carolina power sector is poised for transition. Economics have driven big changes on the grid, making cleaner options for electricity generation cost competitive with traditional resources such as fossil fuels. State clean energy policies have further enabled the shift into renewable resou...

03/11/2021
Policy Gossip on the IRP

Have you heard the latest gossip about integrated resource plans (IRPs)? In this episode of Policy Gossip, Sarah explains all the juicy details about Duke Energy's most recent IRP and NCSEA's response. https://vimeo.com/521978081

This is "Policy Gossip on the IRP" by NC Sustainable Energy Asso on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

Lithium is a crucial metal for the development of battery-powered cars. The United States is racing to catch up to China...
03/10/2021
America’s Battery-Powered Car Hopes Ride on Lithium. One Producer Paves the Way.

Lithium is a crucial metal for the development of battery-powered cars. The United States is racing to catch up to China in the mining and refining of the metal, and NCSEA member Piedmont Lithium is at the leading edge. Read the story via The Wall Street Journal: https://www.wsj.com/articles/americas-battery-powered-car-hopes-ride-on-lithium-one-producer-paves-the-way-11615311932

Demand for lithium, a crucial component in the rechargeable batteries that go into electric vehicles, is set to surge. The U.S. is racing to catch up to China in mining and refining the metal—and Piedmont Lithium is at the leading edge of those efforts.

03/09/2021
Celebrating Black Voices in the Solar Industry: Ajulo Othow, EnerWealth Solutions

NCSEA member Solar Energy Industries Association recently sat down with Ajulo Othow, the founder and CEO of EnerWealth Solutions, to learn more about her experience in the solar industry. Watch her story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lv0pFiQG-eU

The Solar Energy Industries Association recently interviewed with Ajulo Othow, the Founder and CEO of EnerWealth Solutions, for a new series to honor the con...

03/08/2021
Women in Clean Energy (WICE)

Happy #InternationalWomensDay! At NCSEA, we actively work to support women working in clean energy. Our Women in Clean Energy (WICE) initiative was developed in efforts to foster a community of support, solidarity, and camaraderie for self-identifying North Carolinian professional women in the clean energy industry. Watch this video to learn more: https://vimeo.com/350955344

This is "Women in Clean Energy (WICE)" by NC Sustainable Energy Asso on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

In episode 44 of the Squeaky Clean Energy Podcast, we are discussing equity, diversity, and inclusiveness in the clean e...
03/05/2021
Episode 44: Real Talk – Equity Diversity and Inclusiveness in Clean Energy

In episode 44 of the Squeaky Clean Energy Podcast, we are discussing equity, diversity, and inclusiveness in the clean energy industry. We sit down with Yuri Horwitz, CEO of Sol Systems, and Sarah Slusser, CEO of Cypress Creek Renewables, to hear about the Renewables Forward Initiative and their efforts to address these issues. We also talk with Rebecca Chilton and Allan Odour at Leyline Renewable Capital about their recently instated Leyline Addressing Racism program.

Also featured in this episode is Jordan Jones, Manager of Communications, Engagement, and Equity at NCSEA. You don't want to miss it! https://soundcloud.com/energync/episode44

On this episode, we’re talking about a topic that has been top of mind for a lot of people since the senseless killing of George Floyd last summer – systemic racism. We’ll address this topic and how i

We are so glad to see the significant potential for #offshorewind in North Carolina being seriously considered in the la...
03/04/2021

We are so glad to see the significant potential for #offshorewind in North Carolina being seriously considered in the latest report by the North Carolina Department of Commerce. Special thanks to our members and partners, Southeastern Wind Coalition, NC Clean Energy Technology Center, and NCSEA Board Member Steve Kalland for their dedication to this work! https://energync.org/nc-commerce-offshore-wind-report/

On Monday, NCSEA and CCEBA filed comments on Duke Energy’s 2020 IRPs...Spoiler alert: we’re less than thrilled. The plan...
03/03/2021

On Monday, NCSEA and CCEBA filed comments on Duke Energy’s 2020 IRPs...Spoiler alert: we’re less than thrilled. The plans propose unnecessary costs and the use of carbon emissions that will mostly impact lower-income and underserved North Carolinians. Access the full statement and comments here: https://bit.ly/3e2usaA

Check out our new infographic highlighting the 66 companies in NC that have set goals to power their operations w/ 100% ...
02/26/2021

Check out our new infographic highlighting the 66 companies in NC that have set goals to power their operations w/ 100% #renewable #energy - WOW, incredible #NCCleanEnergy leadership! #ncga
https://energync.org/nclovesclean/re100/

Our final #BlackHistoryMonth blog features Kristal Hansely, the first African American woman to own a community solar co...
02/26/2021
Celebrating Black History Month: Kristal Hansley - NC Sustainable Energy Association

Our final #BlackHistoryMonth blog features Kristal Hansely, the first African American woman to own a community solar company in the United States! Read all about her clean energy journey at: https://energync.org/2021-bhm-kristal-hansley/

In honor of Black History Month, NCSEA will post a weekly blog post throughout February to honor the contributions African Americans have made towards advancing the clean energy landscape across the United States.    Kristal Hansley is the first female African American CEO within the communi...

Another solar farm is coming to North Carolina! Duke Energy has started construction on a 50-MW Broad River Solar power ...
02/24/2021
Duke Energy begins construction on 50-megawatt Cleveland County solar project

Another solar farm is coming to North Carolina! Duke Energy has started construction on a 50-MW Broad River Solar power plant in Cleveland County. The power plant will contain more than 170,000 solar panels and will power the equivalent of 12,500 homes. Read more: https://news.duke-energy.com/releases/duke-energy-begins-construction-on-50-megawatt-cleveland-county-solar-project

Expanding its significant clean-energy portfolio, Duke Energy has begun construction on the 50-MW Broad River Solar power plant in Cleveland County, N.C.

Charity Navigator has recognized NCSEA as a 4-star charity! Their ratings show givers how efficiently they believe we wi...
02/23/2021
Charity Navigator - Rating for North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association

Charity Navigator has recognized NCSEA as a 4-star charity! Their ratings show givers how efficiently they believe we will use their support, how well we have sustained our programs and services over time, and our level of commitment to good governance, best practices, and openness with information. Thank you to all of our donors, members, and partners for helping us achieve this rating! https://bit.ly/CNncsea

North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association is rated 4 out of 4 stars by Charity Navigator. North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association receives 90.53 out of 100 for their Charity Navigator rating. North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association is a Environmental Protection and Conservation chari...

In memory of clean energy champion Alex Hobbs, NCSEA and NC GreenPower has released a joint statement honoring his work ...
02/20/2021
Joint NCSEA and NCGP Statement on the Passing of Alex Hobbs - NC Sustainable Energy Association

In memory of clean energy champion Alex Hobbs, NCSEA and NC GreenPower has released a joint statement honoring his work and legacy. Read it in full here: https://energync.org/joint-ncsea-and-ncgp-statement-on-the-passing-of-alex-hobbs/

North Carolina’s entire clean energy industry is mourning the loss of Alex Hobbs, a man who played an instrumental role in creating the clean energy economy we enjoy today. Alex, who passed away on January 31, 2021, had an oversized impact on our state and the entire southeast. “Alex was...

Check out our third post in our #BlackHistoryMonth blog series! This blog features André Taylor, a researcher at NYU ded...
02/19/2021
Celebrating Black History Month: André Taylor - NC Sustainable Energy Association

Check out our third post in our #BlackHistoryMonth blog series! This blog features André Taylor, a researcher at NYU dedicated to improving solar cell and energy storage technologies. Read the blog at: https://energync.org/2021-bhm-andre-taylor/

In honor of Black History Month, NCSEA will post a weekly blog post throughout February to honor the contributions African Americans have made towards advancing the clean energy landscape across the United States.    André Taylor is an Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering...

WE'RE HIRING! NCSEA is seeking a passionate Government Affairs Manager to join our expanding Policy Team. Check out the ...
02/19/2021
Government Affairs Manager - NC Sustainable Energy Association

WE'RE HIRING! NCSEA is seeking a passionate Government Affairs Manager to join our expanding Policy Team. Check out the job description and send in your application today: https://energync.org/career-center/government-affairs-manager/

Government Affairs Manager North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) is seeking a Government Affairs Manager to join our expanding Policy Team. Reporting to the General Counsel and Director of Policy, the Government Affairs Manager will support NCSEA in its legislative and executive bran...

Part 2 of Episode 42 has been released! We’re jumping right back in with Abby Watson and John Hardin to highlight some o...
02/18/2021

Part 2 of Episode 42 has been released! We’re jumping right back in with Abby Watson and John Hardin to highlight some of the recent developments from the state in support of the offshore wind industry. And in a special addition to this week's episode - Ivan Urlaub of NCSEA joins us to break down what really happened in Texas this week. https://soundcloud.com/energync/episode43

Join us in attending the 2021 State Energy Conference from April 19-22! The conference includes actionable insight into ...
02/16/2021

Join us in attending the 2021 State Energy Conference from April 19-22! The conference includes actionable insight into the business of energy, connecting technical innovation, diverse resources, and industry opportunity to help drive North Carolina's regional energy economy forward with national impact. Learn more: https://www.ncenergyconference.com/

Final days! The NC GreenPower Solar+ Schools application is open through the end of February. Any NC K-12 school can app...
02/15/2021

Final days! The NC GreenPower Solar+ Schools application is open through the end of February. Any NC K-12 school can apply for this grant opportunity to receive a 5 kW educational solar array and so much more. Visit NCGP’s website to learn more and apply: www.ncgp.org/solar-schools/#2021-schools

The second post in our #BlackHistoryMonth blog series features Jason Carney. Jason is the founder and CEO of Energy Elec...
02/12/2021
Celebrating Black History Month: Jason Carney - NC Sustainable Energy Association

The second post in our #BlackHistoryMonth blog series features Jason Carney. Jason is the founder and CEO of Energy Electives, President of the Tennessee Solar Energy Association, and he works to bring solar energy education to communities of color. https://energync.org/2021-bhm-jason-carney

In honor of Black History Month, NCSEA will post a weekly blog post throughout February to honor the contributions African Americans have made towards advancing the clean energy landscape across the United States.    Jason Carney is the founder and CEO of Energy Electives and President of ...

The City of Wilmington is joining several other urban cities across the nation in their commitment to clean energy. The ...
02/10/2021
Wilmington eyes 100% renewable energy, electric fleet by 2050 | Port City Daily

The City of Wilmington is joining several other urban cities across the nation in their commitment to clean energy. The city hopes to own a fleet entirely made up of electric vehicles by 2050. Learn more about their clean energy goals via Port City Daily: https://portcitydaily.com/local-news/2021/02/07/wilmington-eyes-100-renewable-energy-electric-fleet-by-2050/

WILMINGTON – The City of Wilmington is joining other urban cities across the nation in the fight against climate change by committing to clean energy over the next 30 years. In March 2020 the city…

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Question: Nuclear power makes up 32% of NC's energy generation and is cleaner, more resource frugal, more sustainable and more renewable than solar and wind. Why is it not included in your numbers?
Hi, I just want to know the percentage of solar owners that have been messed over by Duke. I had to call the utilities commission to get my meter installed (grid tied) and now they have messed up my billing since March. Everything is confirmed, documented and recorded.
Join us at the Orange County Southern Human Services Center in Chapel Hill from 12:30-2pm on Sunday 27Jan where there will be a tryout of Light Electric Vehicles including #HoverKarts and |#ebikes! The #HoverKarts are locally built with modifications including those from Alamance Burlington School System Career Technical Education Center Ctec https://www.facebook.com/events/903728359830908/
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NC Sustainable Energy Association interns last year and this year. Awesome women.
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Check out my interview with John Downey on the future of energy storage in NC. NCSEA's energy storage working group has brought the conversation of storage along in our state.
Showing off our Proud @nccleanenergy NCSEA Membership ~ even in IOP,SC for the #SolarEclipse #Totality viewing! #DogDazeOfSummer
How can we grow and develop while protecting water? Please accept this invitation to two community events where you will learn from experts about nature-based solutions to water challenges facing us in the Triangle, whether upstream or downstream. See local green stormwater projects, followed by presentations about innovative approaches to water management. Please feel free to pass this information on to students or colleagues who may be interested in environmental issues and/or clean drinking water and green infrastructure.
Hey NC! Did you know? In 2015, a total of 250 NC Triad residents enrolled in Solarize Triad to explore their options for going solar. Learn more here! http://bit.ly/2k7Gwvl