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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

EI1.6: Review and update local codes and policies to remove barriers and streamline permitting for commercial and community renewable energy projects. Read more »
EI2.10: Provide no-cost energy efficiency assessments to existing commercial, institutional, and industrial buildings. Read more »
EI2.8: Seek improvements to state building codes to increase energy efficiency standards. Read more »
EI3.5: Identify tools and strategies to assist businesses and governments in identifying easily-achievable tasks to save fuel and reduce environmental impacts. Read more »
EI1.1: Establish an economic development and recruiting policy focused on expanding local energy resources, companies, and entrepreneurs, resulting in diverse sources of energy production. Read more »