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ACEEE Recognizes Exemplary Energy Efficiency Programs

In the last few years, customer-funded energy efficiency programs administered by utilities and statewide public benefits organizations have been developing innovative program designs, services, and delivery methods and expanding into new markets across the country. To recognize and profile the best program practices, and share what works for outstanding electric and natural gas programs, ACEEE has conducted its third national review of leading programs and is now releasing …


Added by Patrick Harper on June 20, 2013 at 11:15am — No Comments

ASU facilities to get $16 million energy efficient upgrade

A campus-wide renovation at Appalachian State University — including heating and air conditioning upgrade, lighting improvement and water conservation upgrade — will employ up to 266 workers during a 22-month construction period. The $16.5 million project for the campus in Boone was unanimously approved by the N.C.…


Added by Patrick Harper on June 11, 2013 at 5:05pm — No Comments

Mission Possible: Asheville- the Go-to Place for Solar Energy!

The April 15 Green Monday will highlight residential solar energy in addition to complimentary clean energy sources that contribute to a "net-zero" building design.


The benefits of solar and other alternative energy sources are familiar to many Asheville residents and friends of BRSI.  Questions we face are:

  1. Is Asheville ready for…

Added by Ron Townley on April 11, 2013 at 10:28am — No Comments

Energy Assessments for Rural Small Businesses at Reduced Rates

Rural small businesses can request an energy efficiency assessment by Waste Reduction Partners at a reduced cost. The energy assessment will identify cost effective energy saving measures that can be pursued by your business. WRP’s team of energy professionals has received funding support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to perform energy efficiency assessments at qualifying rural small businesses in North Carolina. The assessments can also be used by the business as part of a grant…


Added by AdvantageGreen on July 10, 2012 at 9:50am — No Comments

NC Energy Efficiency Alliance wins EPA's 2012 ENERGY STAR Award for Excellence

We're proud to announce that the North Carolina Energy Efficiency Alliance (NCEEA) won EPA's 2012 ENERGY STAR Award for Excellence. The Appalachian State University based organizations is a state-funded, nonprofit that aims to overcome market barriers to…


Added by Patrick Harper on March 21, 2012 at 9:52am — No Comments

Living City Block to present on Sustainable Urbanism and Community Financing for Energy Efficiency

Please join the WNC Green Building Council on March 28 at Diana Wortham Theatre for the Green Building Directory Release Party and a presentation on Sustainable Urbanism from Living City Block. Living City Block works on community based financing strategies to address a spectrum of sustainability issues including energy efficiency, renewable energy, mobility, waste and water. On Wednesday, Chad Riley of Living City Block will be…


Added by Patrick Harper on March 21, 2012 at 9:32am — No Comments

EPA Celebrates North Carolina ENERGY STAR Leaders

ATLANTA – Six organizations in North Carolina were recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as Energy Star Leaders that improved the energy efficiency of their building portfolios by 20 percent or more. Nationally, EPA’s Energy Star program helped 90 leading organizations achieve President Obama’s goal by providing them with a proven energy management strategy, which includes a focus on ongoing performance measurement and whole-building…


Added by Patrick Harper on February 27, 2012 at 10:29am — No Comments

NC Energy Rebate Program Re-opening

The North Carolina Energy Office is re-opening the ENERGY STAR® Appliance Rebate and Replacement program for North Carolina residents who recycle and replace an existing appliance with a new ENERGY STAR® qualified appliance purchased on or after January 1, 2012. Purchases must be completed at a North Carolina retail location.

Consumers may go online or call a special telephone number to start the application process to receive their rebate. The link to the N.C. ENERGY STAR Appliance…


Added by Patrick Harper on February 22, 2012 at 11:05am — No Comments

Clean Air Excellence Awards

The WNC Regional Air Quality Agency is accepting nominations for its annual Clean Air Excellence Awards, which will recognize businesses, organizations and individuals who’ve made valuable contributions to Buncombe County’s air quality. To make a nomination, complete the application form at Awards will focus on voluntary efforts such as energy-efficiency…


Added by Patrick Harper on February 9, 2012 at 11:23am — No Comments

Asheville Boasts First Large-Scale LED Street Light Deployment in North Carolina

DURHAM, N.C., January 23, 2012 — Taking steps to improve energy efficiency and reduce its overall carbon footprint, the City of Asheville has initiated North Carolina’s first large-scale deployment of LED street lights. There are 3,643 LEDway® street lights from Durham-based manufacturer Cree, Inc. (Nasdaq: CREE) being installed, with projected savings of $260,000 annually.

In the initial phase of the project, completed in June 2011, 730 street lights in Asheville’s River District…


Added by Anna Leonard on January 23, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

DOE and HUD Announce Lenders to Participate in New Pilot Program to Help Homeowners Pay for Energy Improvements to their Homes

FHA PowerSaver Program to offer low-cost financing to credit-worthy borrowers

WASHINGTON - Eighteen national, regional and local lenders will participate in a new two-year pilot program that will offer qualified borrowers living in certain parts of the country low-cost loans to make energy-saving improvements to their homes. Backed by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), these new PowerSaver loans will offer homeowners up to $25,000 to make…


Added by Adrian Tait on May 11, 2011 at 2:23pm — No Comments

Progress Energy encourages conservation with some friendly competition

Progress Energy customers will soon have a little more motivation to be more efficient. Progress Energy will begin sending notices to customers comparing their energy use with neighbor's of similar size homes. For the competitive type, this makes saving energy a type of competition, competing for the top score and most efficient house! These notices will begin going out in June. A little friendly competition may be just what is needed to encourage some households to save…


Added by Anna Leonard on April 29, 2011 at 10:27am — 2 Comments

Saving Energy Pays off for Rowan-Salisbury Schools

SALISBURY — With the looming state and local budget cuts, school systems across North Carolina are looking for cost-savings wherever possible. Some have already found success and want to energize other school systems to take similar actions.

EduCon, a Winston-Salem based energy conservation consulting company, works with school systems to reduce energy consumption and costs, which in most cases is the second highest line-item in a school system’s budget.

“Energy costs continue…


Added by Anna Leonard on April 7, 2011 at 2:44pm — No Comments

Toolkit for Residential Energy Efficiency Upgrade Programs

The energy efficiency programs of today will prove that we can achieve significant reductions in our energy usage as a nation while stimulating economic development and creating cleaner, healthier communities. These programs will generate the first standardized data about the benefits associated with efficient buildings. This data will inform the operators and residents of buildings about the value of investing in efficiency over time in terms of financial savings, comfort, and health. This…


Added by Adrian Tait on April 5, 2011 at 1:02pm — No Comments

Bill would Require NC Utilities to Double the Use of Solar Power


Solar energy is proving so successful in North Carolina that industry advocates want to double the amount of sun-powered electricity that is requiredSunEdison by state law.

A bill introduced Monday in the General assembly would raise North Carolina's solar energy requirement to 0.4 percent of all retail electricity sold by electric utilities by 2018. The current requirement, set by the state's sweeping 2007 green energy law, is 0.2 percent.

But despite solar energy's…


Added by Anna Leonard on March 30, 2011 at 10:20am — 1 Comment

Appalachian State Installs Green Roof on Campus

Appalachian State University has installed their very first green roof on campus. It is located at Katherine Harper Hall (formaly Kerr Scott Hall). This building is host to technology programs including Building Science and Appropriate Technology. These majors will no doubt benefit from this installation as a hands-on learning opportunity. A green roof helps to reduce energy costs while reducing green-house emissions and enhancing storm-water managment. Read more about this…


Added by Anna Leonard on February 16, 2011 at 10:18am — 2 Comments

President Obama to Announce "Better Buildings Initiative" Today

Building on a pledge in his State of the Union address to invest in infrastructure and clean energy, President Obama will unveil proposals today to improve the energy efficiency of commercial buildings with tax incentives and competitive grants to states and municipalities.

Obama plans to announce the Better Buildings Initiative during today's trip to State College, Pa., home to Penn…


Added by Anna Leonard on February 3, 2011 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

NC Saves Over $55 Million in Utility Costs in 2010

RALEIGH –North Carolina’s Utility Savings Initiative saved the state’s taxpayers more than $55.3 million in utility costs in the last fiscal year and avoided emitting more than 164,886 metric tons of carbon dioxide into our atmosphere, according to a report issued recently by the North Carolina Energy Office.  Since the Utility Savings Initiative was launched in 2003, the state has saved more than $325 million while investing $11 million into utility savings improvements in North Carolina…


Added by Anna Leonard on January 3, 2011 at 11:47am — No Comments

NC Building Council Raises Building Efficiency Rules

The results of today's (12/14/10) meeting are in!

The North Carolina Building Code Council decided Tuesday to order the increase in home energy efficiency and to consider changes to building standards that could cut building costs by 15 percent. Commercial buildings would be required to meet a 30 percent improvement in energy efficiency...

Read more and watch news story…


Added by Anna Leonard on December 14, 2010 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

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