All posts by Shannon Helm

Greening Industries in North Carolina: Pollution Prevention Partnership with ECU

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides grants for pollution prevention activities so that businesses may reduce their environmental footprint and simultaneously save money. East Carolina University (ECU), who has continuously received funding from this program since 2014, reached out to the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) to partner for the 2020-2022 grant period. […]

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Offshore Wind – Organizing for North Carolina’s Potential Economic Development

North Carolina provides exceptional offshore wind energy potential; in fact, according to a 2017 U.S Department of Energy, National Renewable Energy Lab report, the state’s coast has more offshore wind potential than any other state along the Atlantic Coast. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has identified several areas off the coast of North […]

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Military Veterans, Distributed Energy Resources and Cybersecurity

North Carolina has the third largest military population in the United States and almost 10 percent of North Carolina’s population are military veterans. Providing training for transitioning military veterans is important for those who have selflessly given themselves in service to our country. Military veterans have skills in a number of areas that can transition […]

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The 50 States of Electric Vehicles: States Evaluating Charging Infrastructure Needs and Ownership Models in Q2 2020

Raleigh, NC – (August 5, 2020) The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) released its Q2 2020 edition of The 50 States of Electric Vehicles. The quarterly series provides insights on state regulatory and legislative discussions and actions on electric vehicles and charging infrastructure. The report finds that 43 states and the District of Columbia […]

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The 50 States of Grid Modernization Q2 2020: Utilities Increasingly Developing Distributed and Customer-Centric Solutions

Raleigh, NC – (July 29, 2020) The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) released its Q2 2020 edition of The 50 States of Grid Modernization. The quarterly series provides insights on state regulatory and legislative discussions and actions on grid modernization, utility business model and rate reforms, energy storage, microgrids and demand response. The report […]

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Solar Electric Vehicle Charging – It’s Happening

Electric vehicles (EVs) are still a small percentage of the U.S. automobile market (annual registrations for EVs totaled 367,000 in April 2019) but annual sales of electric vehicles are expected to exceed 3.5 million vehicles in 2030. The growth is based on a number of factors such as the decline in battery prices and the […]

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Enabling Solar and Storage Projects at Electric Cooperatives

On July 14, 2020, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released their Draft Energy Storage Grand Challenge Roadmap, outlining how the United States will conduct R&D and deploy energy storage technology to address grid challenges such as a lack of flexibility in integrating renewables and the balancing of generation to consumption. To help with these […]

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The 50 States of Solar: All Eyes on FERC During Q2 2020

Raleigh, NC – (July 22, 2020) The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) released its Q2 2020 edition of The 50 States of Solar. The quarterly series provides insights on state regulatory and legislative discussions and actions on distributed solar policy, with a focus on net metering, distributed solar valuation, community solar, residential fixed charges, […]

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NCCETC’s Four-Year Community Solar for the Southeast Project Concludes

The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center’s Community Solar for the Southeast Project, which began four years ago in 2016, is now wrapping up at the end of the month.  The NCCETC received a grant award from the Solar Energy Technologies Office of the U.S. Department of Energy in 2016. This project, named Community Solar for […]

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National LKQ Company Adds 19 Propane Trucks to Fleet, Funded by NCCETC’s Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) Project

The national LKQ Corporation cut the ribbon last week on a brand new propane fueling system, announcing the expansion of 19 new propane-powered trucks in its delivery vehicle fleet at one of the company’s locations in Garner, NC. The new propane trucks, conversions and fueling system – which will help improve air quality in North […]

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