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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

EA3.2: Create a mentor program between local government officials around the region to encourage cooperation and interregional coordination. Read more »
EI2.4: Improve residential energy efficiency through low-cost financing options and grants. Read more »
EI4.5: Continue to expand education programs about energy consumption from fossil fuels and related impacts (including visual/interactive tools). Read more »
EI2.6: Work with energy utility companies and cooperatives to promote residential energy audits using free online tools, such as ENERGY STAR and Duke Energy, or a professional energy auditor. Read more »
EI2.1: Expand local efforts to increase the use of energy-efficient building materials, maintenance practices, and fixtures. Read more »