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Energy

The energy needs of the five-county GroWNC region continue to evolve as the population grows and new businesses are being attracted to the region. The GroWNC region is striving to become a sustainable, healthy, and economically prosperous region. A key aspect of
sustainable growth is a clean and efficient energy supply that is secure and reliable currently and well into the future.

Existing plans, data, and studies were collected, analyzed, and synthesized into an Existing Conditions Report for each topic. Here is a link to the Energy Chapter if you’d like to read more. Workgroups were formed around each topic area to review existing conditions, identify issues and goals, and recommend strategies. To learn more about the background of this topic, read the Existing Conditions Report and review the workgroup’s meeting notes and related information on the workgroup’s webpage. The goals identified by all the workgroups are listed in the GroWNC Regional Plan on pages 29-37.

Solar Panels in Downtown Asheville | Image Credit: LandDesign

Sample Strategies

EI2.2: Provide incentives for affordable housing projects that incorporate renewable energy and other sustainability measures. Read more »
EI3.9: Implement recommendations, as appropriate, in the Greater Asheville Plug-in Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan. Read more »
EA4.2: Provide workshops and training opportunities to economic and community developers, neighborhood associations, and local government staff, regarding the Asset-Based Approach to community development. Read more »
EI2.9: Develop policies to encourage LEED or comparable certification standards for all new city- and county-owned buildings and major renovations. Read more »
EI3.3: Reduce total vehicle fleet emissions where possible by retiring older, less-efficient vehicles. Read more »