Energy Innovation Task Force


Happening Now

The Energy Innovation Task Force (EITF) had its initial meeting on May 13, 2016.

The next regular meeting will be held on Friday, June 9th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Buncombe County Board Room, located at 200 College Street,  Asheville, NC.

To receive meeting updates via email please contact Lauren Sexton at

In addition, the EITF has formed four work groups that will undertake research and discussion on specific aspects of the EITF's plan and that are open to any member of the public who wants to contribute in a more focused way.

If you would like to sign up or are interested in a work group please email Lauren Sexton at

Programs Work Group: Meetings occur the second Thursday of every month from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The next scheduled meeting is June 8th. For more information please contact Sam Ruark at

Technology Work Group: Meetings occur the first Thursday of every month from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. The next scheduled meeting is June 1st. For more information, please contact Robert Sipes at

Community Engagement Work Group: Meetings occur the fourth Wednesday of every month. The next meeting will be Wednesday, June 28th at the Eddington Center from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Please contact Joan Walker at for more information.

Peak Reduction Work Group: June meeting date TBD.

EITF Work Group Descriptions

For information about the Energy Savers Network visit: Energy Savers Network



Buncombe County, the City of Asheville and Duke Energy Progress have established a joint task force known as the Energy Innovation Task Force. Members have been appointed from local government, environmental and clean energy advocates, large and small businesses, local institutions and Duke Energy Progress. They will research, recommend and implement energy efficiency and demand-side management programs and projects and distributed energy technology in Buncombe County (subject to appropriate North Carolina Utilities Commission approval). This Task Force will seek input from and engagement with the public as an integral part of its work.

Energy Innovation Task Force Summary

EITF Member List

Citizen Times Article


May 12, 2017 - Meeting Agenda, Cathy Scott PresentationTyler Garrison PresentationSeffi Raush PresentationNC Leaders LetterEndorse Carbon Fee and Dividend, Bill Mahoney Presentation, Energy Saver's Network, Energy Saver's Network BrochureDebbie Resnick Presentation, Sam Ruark Presentation, Beatrice Nathan Presentation

April 7, 2017 - Meeting Agenda, City Recommendations, County RecommendationsDuke Energy Technology UpdateSACEE Letter of Recommendations to City Council

March 10, 2017 - Meeting Agenda, EITF Technology Workgroup Presentation, RMI Revised Scope Presentation, Duke/Shelton Group PresentationPrograms Group Priority Recommendations - City, Programs Group Priority Recommendations - CountyPrograms Group Priority Recommendations - Duke Energy

February 9, 2017 - Meeting Agenda

February 2, 2017 - DEP Western Carolinas Modernization - AMI

January 2017 -  Meeting Cancelled

December 14, 2016 - Meeting Agenda, Existing DEP Programs Presentation, Energy Use in DEP-West Presentation, RMI EITF Process Update

November 11, 2016 - Meeting Agenda, Baseline and Targets RMI Presentation, Process Update RMI Presentation, Programs Work Group Presentation

October 14, 2016 - Meeting Agenda, RMI Overview of Process Design, Meeting Notes, Data Request List

September 9, 2016 - Meeting Agenda, RMI-Progressing the Work of the EITF, Technologies Work Group Presentation, Meeting Notes

August 15, 2016 - Meeting Agenda, Duke Energy Presentation, Meeting Notes

July 8, 2016 - Meeting Video Part 1, Meeting Video Part 2

June 10, 2016 - Meeting Agenda, Meeting Notes

May 13, 2016 - First Meeting Agenda of the Energy Innovation Task Force, Meeting Notes

Supporting Documents

Council Resolution - March 22, 2016
Overview - Rocky Mountain Institute Presentation
Summary Document - Rocky Mountain Institute
7.8.16 Michael Youth Presentation 
7.8.16 IRP Overview
7.8.16 Sam Ruark Model Programs Presentation
2.7.17 EITF Overview for Joint City/County Meeting

Buncombe County Resolution # 17-03-05 - Support Of On-Bill Financing


Contact Information

Councilor Julie Mayfield
City of Asheville

Commissioner Brownie Newman
Buncombe County

Jason Walls
Duke Energy