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How North Carolina Will Make Energy Work By 2030

The ECOreport looks into the upcoming NCSEA conference and asks how North Carolina will make energy work by 2030.

By Roy L Hales

North Carolina’s economic leaders, and some politicians, know the next fourteen years are crucial. This is already America’s #3 solar state, with 1.93 GW of installed capacity.1  The area surrounding Raleigh has earned the nickname “Silicon Valley of smart grid.“This state is making impressive strides with their intelligent and high performance buildings, bioenergy, and wind energy. Yet Government has not taken a comprehensive look at its’ energy economy and energy policies for about a decade. So this year’s North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) conference focuses on how North Carolina will make energy work by 2030.
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  1. According to the NC Sustainable Energy Association; SEIA uses a higher figure – 2.294 GW

North Carolina possesses 1 GW of Solar Capacity

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMAs of September 24, North Carolina possesses 1 GW of solar capacity. It is the fourth state to reach 1 GW, following California, Arizona and New Jersey.

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Short Sighted Politics That Threaten Geothermal GSHP

The NCSEA report, North Carolina’s Geothermal Industry: Uncovering Impact and Opportunities

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1At least 2,015 North Carolinian homes and buildings have taken out permits to use vertical closed loop geothermal systems. This is only one of several geothermal technologies used for heating and cooling purposes, and over 10,500 units have claimed the NC Renewable Energy Investment Tax Credit. Despite its’ high upfront cost, geothermal is far more efficient than conventional systems and a great deal less expensive in the long run. It is also a clean energy source, whose contribution to the state’s fight against greenhouse gas emissions appears to be overlooked. A new survey from the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association’s (NCSEA), North Carolina’s Geothermal Industry: Uncovering Impact and Opportunities, discusses short sighted politics that threaten Geothermal GSHP (ground source heat pump).

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Sungevity As The Partner Of Choice For Utilities

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMAlec Guettel is back in North Carolina. It has been decades since he obtained his bachelor of arts in Political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Guettel and another of Sungevity’s executives are staying at the local Mariott, while they oversee the company’s entrance into the state. They will also be attending the NC Clean Tech Summit , where Geuttel will be one of the key people in a panel discussion on February 20, 2015. He took my call in his hotel room. In the course of our interview, Guettel said, “we have really positioned ourselves as the partner of choice for utilities.”

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Clean Energy in North Carolina is Bringing Jobs

Bringing Revenues & Increasing Every Year

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1North Carolina is one of North America’s fastest growing markets for clean energy. The state’s clean tech sector grossed $4.8 billion in 2014 and, based on their previous experience, most companies expect to grow between 30% and 35% this year. Close to 3/4 of this money went to building efficiency and solar. According to Robin Aldina, Manager of Energy Research for the NC Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA), “Clean energy North Carolina is bringing jobs, bringing revenues and increasing every year, outpacing other industries and regions.”

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Victory for Solar Energy In North Carolina

The ECOreport looks at another skirmish in the Net Metering Wars, Victory for Solar Energy In North Carolina

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1 There appears to have been a victory for solar energy in North Carolina. In what is becoming an all too familiar theme, Duke Energy and Dominion North Carolina Power sought to lower the evaluation formula (the avoided cost rate) for solar energy being fed to the grid. Though the State Utilities Commission agreed that there may be costs that could be added to “a utility’s avoided cost calculations,” they pointed out that there are also benefits which the utilities failed to consider. In fact (p 61), “a comprehensive evaluation of solar integration costs in North Carolina has not been undertaken.” The utilities have to file their proposed avoided cost rate in March.
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Opportunities and Challenges in North Carolina

The ECOreport interviews Betsy McCorkle about Opportunities and Challenges in North Carolina

 By Roy L. Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1More than 600 local, regional and national attendees are expected at the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association’s 6th Annual Conference in Charlotte. “Making Energy Work” is a coming together of industry, utilities and customers. They take that name very seriously. As Betsy McCorkle, NCSEA’s director of government affairs, explains, “This is a time to get together and identify some of the opportunities and challenges that we’re facing in North Carolina.”

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The 2nd Quarter’s Growth & Potential Depicted on a website

The ECOreport looks at Growth & Potential Depicted on a website called Clean Energy Works for Us

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThe US added another 12,500 jobs during the second quarter. That’s twice as many as in the preceding quarter. Close to half of these were in the solar sector (5,895), but there were also substantial contributions from the wind (2,750) and electric vehicle (2,000)industries. These are some of the details been shared on the web for labour day. Environmental Entrepreneurs presents the second quarter’s 2nd Quarter’s Growth and Potential on a website called Clean Energy Works for us.

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