The economic, utility portfolio, and rate impact of clean energy development in North Carolina. Final report
Lawrence, S., Loomis, R., Stevens, R., Heller, K., Pereira, A., Gilbert, C., & Koehler, D. (2013). The economic, utility portfolio, and rate impact of clean energy development in North Carolina. Final report. (Prepared for North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association). Research Triangle Park, NC: RTI International.
North Carolina is a leader among Southern states in developing public policies to foster statewide clean energy development. Between 2007 and 2012, clean energy investment increased 13-fold and generated or saved more than 8.2 million MWh of energy through a combination of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.
Although these energy impacts have been documented in national energy surveys, the impact the expanding clean energy sector has had on the North Carolina economy has yet to be quantified. To fill the knowledge gap, RTI International and La Capra Associates, Inc. conducted an economic, utility, and rate impact analysis of clean energy development for the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA).