The cost of innovation

Volunteers have devoted hundreds of hours to getting the Energy Innovation Task Force off the ground, but some of the initiative’s activities have required cold hard cash. Here’s where that money has come from.

Buncombe County

$135,000 committed to date

  • $50,000 to fund research performed by the Rocky Mountain Institute
  • $60,000 in grant matching funds for weatherization upgrades for low-income homeowners
  • $25,000 for project coordinator salary and overhead

City of Asheville

$116,240 committed to date

  • $50,000 to fund research performed by the Rocky Mountain Institute
  • $15,000 in grant matching funds for weatherization upgrades for low-income homeowners
  • $25,000 for project coordinator salary and overhead
  • $26,240 in city staff resources (labor)

Duke Energy Progress

$585,000 committed as of November 2017

  • Rocky Mountain Institute study of peak energy demand in Western North Carolina
  • Shelton Group marketing consulting services
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