Support the Expansion of Duke Energy’s Residential New Construction Incentive Program to the Carolinas Territory!
UPDATE for December 2, 2019
Progress! The North Carolina Utilities Commission has ordered a hearing for January 27, 2020 in Raleigh for Duke Energy and the natural gas utilities to discuss expansion of the RNC program! Public comments submitted by NCBPA, our members and partners are specifically referenced in the Order as reason for the hearing!
NCBPA will be attending the hearing and recommends that residential builders, home energy raters and others that support the program continue to encourage their networks to advocate for the program’s expansion by continuing to submit supportive public comments and by talking up the program wherever you can!
Click here to view the Commission’s order for the January 27th hearing:
UPDATE for November 18, 2019
There has been no progress on this important issue in the past several weeks. NCBPA encourages member companies and industry stakeholders to speak out in support of the NC Utilities Commission holding a hearing between Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas to discuss expanding this program. Several new commissioners just joined the NC Utilities Commission and we believe it is a perfect time for them to engage on this issue. Follow the steps below to submit your comments in support of this program. Ask the NCUC to hold a hearing between Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas to “work out their differences”.
Bottom line: No matter the source of energy – electric or gas – energy saving incentive programs like this one are important for North Carolina and great for consumers. Speak out in support today!
Click on the file below to view NCBPA’s most recent comments asking for the hearing.
Speak out in support of energy savings and green building!
Duke Energy currently offers a wildly successful Residential New Construction Program in its Progress territory that has resulted in a wealth of energy savings and environmental benefits for several years. The program continues to help builders, contractors and homeowners participate in energy efficient construction by providing a cash rebate to builders that construct to above-code energy standards.
But, the program isn’t available in Duke Energy’s Carolinas territory, which includes Charlotte and many other highly populated areas across central and western North Carolina. Unfortunately, Duke Energy isn’t able to expand the program on their own due to issues with the natural gas utility industry.
This is where you come in!
TAKE ACTION NOW!
Help expand this program by submitting online comments to the NC Utilities Commission encouraging them to take action! This is a quick and simple process. All you need to do is submit your comments on the Commission’s website. After you do, share them with your professional network and encourage others to participate!
Helpful resources including sample comment language, graphics that you can use on social media, hard data on the program’s impact and more are available below.
Have questions? Contact NCBPA’s Ryan Miller at Ryan@BuildingNC.org or 919-521-3385.
RESOURCES TO USE:
- Online Form to Submit Comments
- Docket# E-7 Sub 1155
- Main Commission Docket with Stakeholder Comments
- Public Staff Comments in Support of the Program Expansion
- DEC’s Motion to Withdraw the Program Filing
- RNC Program Website & Resources
Sample Language to Use:
Ratepayer/Industry Professional: As a ratepayer and building industry professional, I cannot stress enough how much Duke Energy Progress’ Residential New Construction Program has done to promote efficiency, save money, and reduce greenhouse gases in that territory. The incentive has produced quantifiable savings and our industry has seen firsthand more savings in the Progress territory, where the incentive has been in place for several years, versus the Carolinas territory where it is not available. Having the incentive available in the Carolinas territory would be good for residents of our state. I am asking the Commission to weigh in on Docket No E-7 Sub 1155 by directing Duke Energy and gas utility industry stakeholders to come up with a solution that will allow this incentive to be available for Duke Energy Carolinas customers. Thank you.
- Click here to view comments filed by Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.
- Click here to view comments filed by North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association.
- Click on the file below to download NCBPA’s Letter of Support containing independent data analysis documenting energy, workforce, economic and environmental benefits of the program’s expansion.
Graphics to Share on Social Media: