Atlantic Coast Pipeline

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is an interstate natural gas transmission pipeline that will deliver natural gas from West Virginia to North Carolina. The pipeline has received federal approval and is currently awaiting state approval. NCFB is monitoring the development of the pipeline and advocating for landowners along the path as well as increased natural gas access for rural areas impacted by the project.

Solar and Wind Energy

Solar and wind energy projects continue to expand in North Carolina. Expiration of state income tax credits has not slowed the development of larger scale solar facilities in rural areas. One wind energy project is under construction in the northeast region of the state and there are several more in the planning phase. NCFB continues to inform landowners about the pros and cons of leasing land to these types of projects as well as monitor related legislative and regulatory actions.

Bioenergy Research Grants

The N.C. Bioenergy Research Initiative is seeking grant proposals focused on research and development of agricultural and forestry-based feedstocks for bioenergy production. The N.C. General Assembly approved $1 million in funding for the 2017-2018 budget cycle. Nearly $242,275 has been committed to multi-year projects that were started with the 2016-2017 grant cycle, leaving over $757,725 for new and existing projects. These grants are designed to focus on projects that boost energy production from North Carolina agricultural and forestry products, offer new opportunities for agribusiness development and support cooperative research for bioenergy production. Projects can focus on production and harvesting methods and plant variety work. The deadline to submit proposals is Sept. 29. Contact: Allison Medlin, N.C. Bioenergy Research Initiative, (919) 693-2483.

Could you use energy more wisely?

NC State University offers Energy Efficiency Audits through USDA REAP

Through funds provided by the US Department of Agriculture’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), the NC Clean Energy Technology Center of NC State University, will conduct 14 energy efficiency audits at a 75% discount from 2016 - 2018.

The USDA REAP program makes energy experts from NC State University accessible to agricultural producers, as well as businesses in rural areas that often see higher costs in fixed expenses like utility bills.

An energy efficiency audit from the NCCETC includes an on-site assessment, which provides information on practical ways your organization can incorporate efficiency improvements at your site. The report includes simple payback of recommended energy improvements, along with financing suggestions, such as grants and / or loans.

Rural small businesses and agricultural producers are eligible to pay a flat rate of $711 for this energy efficiency audit. Contact us today and we’ll confirm your eligibility. Please contact Kimberly Conley at 919-515-0903.

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