From Scott Carlberg

Excellent energy planning, creativity and teamwork is paying off for Charlotte, NC. The city is getting national attention for its utility/city collaboration.

“The city council approved a 35-megawatt project to generate 24% of its municipal electricity, making it the most populous U.S. city to acquire large-scale solar through a green tariff.” Duke Energy’s Green Source Advantage Program opened that door. (News source)

This program helps support renewable energy development in North Carolina for military installations, University of North Carolina institutions, and large business customers. GSA is one of the solar programs established by the Competitive Energy Solutions Law. There is a total capacity of 600 MW under the program.

“A lot [of cities] are realizing that it’s now 2020 and they made these goals for 2025 and 2030, and they really need to get starting on them,” says a representative of the Rocky Mountain Institute, an energy research and policy group. “I see a lot of people waiting or getting their ducks in a row and watching what other cities are doing and learning from that.” (Source)

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ECC understands that and emphasizes that cities, states, and their utilities need to have the flexibility to look and plan ahead without hindrances on their ability to serve customers. Superior planning capabilities, financial acumen, and trusted collaboration make all the difference for customers and their energy future.

Good planning pays off in many ways. Recently Charlotte was named as a climate challenge winner by Bloomberg Philanthropies. Winning cities get technical help worth several millions dollars to move forward on plans to reduce carbon.

“Reducing transportation emissions is a common theme among the winning cities. …the combination of transportation and building emissions makes up an average of 80% of a city’s carbon emissions,” says the news story.

A clear view to the future – not looking behind – allows cities and regions move ahead in energy and climate issues.

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