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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

RC8.7: Develop local sustainability plans. Read more »
HC7.3: Pursue “Green House” homes as a permissible use in single-family, multi-family, and mixed-use zoning districts. Read more »
EI4.6: Assist local governments with evaluating opportunities for Energy-Saving Performance Contracts. Read more »
EI4.3: Disseminate research findings on the feasibility and environmental impacts of small- and large-scale wind power in the Western North Carolina region. Read more »
EI4.4: Develop a formal school curriculum around energy consumption and conservation that includes examining environmental and economic impacts. Encourage state to incorporate into the NC Essential Standards curriculum. Read more »