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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

EA4.1: Use Child Watch Tour model to raise awareness about various issues. Read more »
EI1.5: Promote renewable energy production in rural areas, such as regionally grown and processed biofuels. Read more »
EI2.3: Reduce heating and cooling costs in mobile homes and other energy-inefficient homes by working with existing energy assistance organizations. Read more »
EA1.2: Create an on-line tool that provides recommendations and strategies developed through the GroWNC process to a broad audience. Read more »
EI3.1: Promote incentives for purchasing low energy and energy-efficient vehicles. Read more »