Inside Appalachian Voices

NC Counties Pass Resolutions in Favor of Energy Efficiency

Date: August 22, 2017

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Buncombe County’s Board of Commissioners

Buncombe County’s Board of Commissioners meeting

In June, the Buncombe County, N.C., Board of Commissioners passed a resolution encouraging its local electric provider, French Broad Electric Membership Corp., to develop a tariffed on-bill financing program that would help the co-op’s members afford home energy efficiency improvements.

Our Energy Savings team has been advocating for the Pay As You Save (PAYS) model of tariffed on-bill financing in Western North Carolina and East Tennessee since 2014, with the goal of reducing energy waste and improving comfort for people living in the many older and inefficient homes in our region.

Buncombe County follows Mitchell and Yancey counties in passing resolutions to support the co-op’s development of this innovative program. If implemented, the program stands to help thousands of French Broad EMC members pay their energy bills and afford improvements to their homes that may otherwise be difficult to finance.

To learn more or get involved in our energy efficiency campaign, visit appvoices.org/energysavings

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