Energy Innovation Task Force


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The Energy Innovation Task Force (EITF) had its initial meeting on May 13, 2016. Regular meetings are held on the second Friday of every month from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The next regular meeting will be held on Friday, August 11th 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 join the EITF Information Google Group HERE.

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.

Programs Work Group: The July 13th meeting has been cancelled. Meetings occur the second Thursday of every month from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The next meeting will be August 10th at Community Action Opportunities. For more information please contact Sam Ruark at or sign up for the Google Group HERE.

Technology Work Group: Meetings occur the first Thursday of every month from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Robert Sipes at  or sign up for the Google Group HERE.

Community Engagement Work Group: The July meeting has been cancelled. Meetings occur the fourth Wednesday of every month. Please contact Cari Barcus for more information & sign up for the Google Group HERE.

Peak Reduction Work Group: July meeting date TBD. For more information, please sign up for the Google Group HERE.

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


Meeting Date Documents
July 14, 2017

Meeting Agenda

RMI Presentation / Recommendations

RMI Solutions Input Tool

Meeting Notes

June 19, 2017 Webinar for RMI Presentation Part II
RMI Presentation Part II Slides

You can find the entire RMI Presentation (Part I & II Combined) here.
June 9, 2017 Meeting Agenda
RMI Presentation - Part I
Meeting Notes
May 12, 2017 Meeting Agenda
Cathy Scott Presentation
Tyler Garrison Presentation
Seffi Raush Presentation
NC Leaders Letter
Endorse Carbon Fee and Dividend
Bill Mahoney Presentation
Energy Saver's Network
Energy Saver's Network Brochure
Debbie Resnick Presentation
Sam Ruark Presentation
Beatrice Nathan Presentation
April 7, 2017 Meeting Agenda
City Recommendations
County Recommendations
Duke Energy Technology Update
SACEE Letter of Recommendations to City Council
March 10, 2017 Meeting Agenda
EITF Technology Workgroup Presentation
RMI Revised Scope Presentation
Duke/Shelton Group Presentation
Programs Group Priority Recommendations - City
Programs Group Priority Recommendations - County
Programs 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