Buncombe Commissioners to consider energy policy

The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners will consider an energy policy update Aug. 27.

The county has made strides in recent years to reduce its carbon emissions, but Commissioner Brownie Newman has been pushing for further progress. He’s been floating an idea to commit the county to reducing its carbon emissions by 2 percent a year until it reaches a reduction of 80 percent.

The board also plans to present an award to longtime former Commissioner Bill Stanley, and approve a proclamation honoring Korean War veterans.

In addition, commissioners will consider a number of board appointments to the Tourism Development Authority, Land Conservation Advisory Board, Culture and Recreation Authority, and Airport Authority.

The board will meet at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, August 27, in the commissioner’s chambers, located at 200 College Street, suite 326. A short pre-meeting review of the agenda will begin at 4:15 p.m.


Thanks for reading through to the end…

We share your inclination to get the whole story. For the past 25 years, Xpress has been committed to in-depth, balanced reporting about the greater Asheville area. We want everyone to have access to our stories. That’s a big part of why we've never charged for the paper or put up a paywall.

We’re pretty sure that you know journalism faces big challenges these days. Advertising no longer pays the whole cost. Media outlets around the country are asking their readers to chip in. Xpress needs help, too. We hope you’ll consider signing up to be a member of Xpress. For as little as $5 a month — the cost of a craft beer or kombucha — you can help keep local journalism strong. It only takes a moment.

About Jake Frankel
Jake Frankel is an award-winning journalist who enjoys covering a wide range of topics, from politics and government to business, education and entertainment.

Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

One thought on “Buncombe Commissioners to consider energy policy

  1. Not A Mathematician

    So 2%I a year until it hits 80%. I hope they know thier math. Is the 80% based off of the current levels? I hope so, otherwise it will be a very long time otherwise. If the current level is 100%, the year 1 will be 98%, year 2 would be 2% of the new 98% and will only be 1.96% for a new normal of 96.04% and so forth. Would take forever to get to an 80% reduction that way.

Leave a Reply

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.