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How Much Do Households Pay for Utilities, Fuels, and Public Services?

October 7, 2016

Every year, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) publishes data on household expenditures, income, and demographics collected through the Consumer Expenditure Survey. This nationally-representative survey reveals, among other things, how much households are spending on electricity, water and … Continued

A New Employee Benefit: Energy Efficiency Programs

September 30, 2016

Guest post by Amanda Sear, Research Assistant, Duke Carbon Offsets Initiative As the temperature starts rising outside, energy bills can trend skyward as well. In the summer and winter, insufficient insulation and poor weatherization can make houses leak cool and … Continued

More Federal Funding Available to Grow Clean Energy Small Businesses

May 23, 2016

Back in September, the School of Government’s Community and Economic Development in North Carolina and Beyond blog highlighted a new program from US EPA to work with small businesses nationwide to develop and commercialize technologies that tackle critical environmental problems:  the … Continued

Jump Starting On-Bill Energy Efficiency Programming In NC

May 16, 2016

Residential energy efficiency offers a unique way to simultaneously reduce energy use in buildings, lower energy bills for consumers, improve the comfort of homes, and generate carbon offsets. However, many homeowners who could benefit from energy efficiency retrofits are unable … Continued

Four Steps of Effective Project Management

May 5, 2016

As the Assistant Program Manager at the UNC Environmental Finance Center (EFC), I work ‘behind the scenes’ on internal projects related to the every day management of our center. In my role facilitating organizational development at the EFC, I recently … Continued

SunEdison Falls. Yieldcos Rise.

April 26, 2016

In May 2015, SunEdison was the largest renewable energy developer in the world. The solar and wind company is headquartered in California, with projects worldwide. Now, almost a year later, the company’s stock price has plummeted from $30 per share … Continued