Energy Innovation Task Force

The Energy Innovation Task Force is a joint initiative between the City of Asheville, Buncombe County and Duke Energy Progress to research and recommend energy efficiency and demand-side management programs in Buncombe County. Members of the task force have been appointed from local government, environmental and clean energy advocates, large and small businesses, local institutions and Duke Energy Progress. The task force has two goals:

  1. Avoid or delay the construction of an additional natural gas powered combustion turbine power plant at the Asheville site in 2023; and
  2. Transition Western North Carolina to a cleaner, affordable, and smarter energy future through community engagement and collaboration that is mutually beneficial to the community, customers, and Duke Energy Progress

Regular Meeting Schedule

The current meeting schedule is the second Friday of every other month at 10:00 a.m. in the first floor conference room of the Buncombe County building at 200 College Street. The normal length of the meeting is two hours. To receive meeting updates via email please join the EITF Information Google Group HERE.

Notice

The next meeting will take place on August 9th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the first floor conference room of the Buncombe County building at 200 College Street.

Committee Membership

Click HERE for a list of the Energy Innovation Task Force Member

Work Groups

The Energy Innovation Task Force has formed working groups that will undertake research and discussion on specific aspects of the Energy Innovation’s work plan and are open to any member of the public.

Program Work Group: For more information please contact Sam Ruark-Eastes sign up for the Google Group HERE

Technology Work Group: Meetings occur the first Thursday of every month from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., for more information please contact Robert Sipes

Community Engagement Work Group: For more information please contact Sophie Mullinax or sign up for the Google Group HERE

Peak Reduction Work Group: For more information please sign up for the Google Group HERE 

Get Involved!

Through the research of the Energy Innovation Task Force the Blue Horizons Project was launched to assist residents and business owners reduce their energy consumption and invest in renewable energy. Check out how you can get involved HERE

Meeting Documents


Date/agenda Documents
06/14/2019 Agenda 6/14/2019 Documents
04/12/2019 Agenda 4/12/2019 Documents
02/08/2019 Agenda 02/08/2019 Documents
12/14/2018 Agenda 12/14/2018 Doucments
10/12/2018 Agenda 10/12/2018 Documents
08/10/2018 Agenda 08/10/2018 Documents
07/13/2018 Meeting Cancelled
06/08/2018 Agenda 06/08/2018 Documents
05/11/2018 Meeting Cancelled
04/13/2018 Agenda 04/13/2018 Documents
03/09/2018 Agenda 03/09/2018 Documents
02/09/2018 Agenda 02/09/2018 Documents
01/13/2018 Agenda 01/13/2018 Documents

For archived materials please contact Bridget Herring at 828-259-5558.