providers. Power utilities in North Carolina
have numerous incentive and rebate programs
related to energy efficiency, and can offer
alternative rate structures that incentivize
conservation. Close coordination is required
to maximize both financial and environmental
benefits for the City.
Renewable Energy
The City’s current renewable energy program
has done an exceptional job of investigating
and implementing a wide range of renewable
energy opportunities while minimizing capital
dollars and fully taking advantage of grants and
partnerships. The City of Raleigh staff has also
been exposed to many different issues related
to renewable energy, helping prepare the staff
to manage the changing renewable energy
environment. Partnerships formed with other
agencies have also provided a source of education and
knowledge transfer, and have enabled the City of
Raleigh to be well regarded in renewable energy
issues and innovation.
As the renewable energy market continues to evolve,
close attention must be paid to current conditions and
the measured effectiveness of the work that has been
done to date. The following actions are
recommended:
Evaluate and implement a robust tracking
system to monitor and measure results for the
City’s renewable projects
Monitor potential changes to SB3
Register renewable energy projects with the
NC Utilities Commission
Track energy production in NC-RETS (North
Carolina Renewable Energy Tracking System)
to receive RECs that meet the requirements of
NC’s renewable portfolio standard
Evaluate whether to keep and/or buy RECs
Develop contingency plan for the evolving
market including the City’s tolerance for
potential financial risk and private partners
exiting the market
Make decisions on whether the City wants to
own/operate projects versus facilitate projects
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