Carrboro Fall Forum Part 3: Buildings and Renewable Energy

Join us for this third session of the Carrboro Planning Board's three-part fall forum series on community-scale energy use and climate change

In this session, we'll hear about and discuss:

  • Climate Protection Planning in Carrboro (Randy Dodd, Town of Carrboro environmental planner)
  • Solarize Orange County (Rob Pinder)
  • Passive and Active Solar Energy Opportunities for Your Home, featuring an Interactive 3-D Model (David Clinton, architect and principal at Szostak Design Inc, and Planning Board member)
  • Energy Conservation (John Hines, marketing representative of Piedmont Electric Membership Corporation)
  • Base Hits, Strike Outs, and Home Runs: Twenty Renewable Energy Businesses I Have Loved (Lyle Estill, vice president of Piedmont Biofuels and serial entrepreneur)

We'll have light refreshments and plenty of time for questions and discussion. See you Wednesday!


  • Chapel Hill Transit routes CW, F, and J stop in front of the ArtsCenter.
  • There's a beautiful new bicycle corral at the ArtsCenter entrance.
  • There's free car parking (and covered bicycle parking) in the 300 East Main parking deck.


Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm


Carrboro ArtsCenter, 300 E Main Street, Carrboro

Duke Energy Rate Hike Public Hearing


N.C. Utilities Commission public hearing on the rate hike requested by Duke Energy.

Duke Energy is rigging rates to force you to pay for climate-wrecking power plants we don't even need. The company creates demand for electricity by attracting data centers and other large users to North Carolina by offering dirt-cheap rates. The cost of building these new power plants is shifted onto smaller customers. Residential rates will increase an average of 13.9% if Duke gets its way, and rates for small to medium-sized businesses will go up as much as 10.7%.


Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm


Orange County Courthouse, 106 E. Margaret Lane, Hillsborough

UNC public forum on renewable energy

UNC press release via Sierra Club mailing list:

CHAPEL HILL -- The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Solar Energy Research Center is holding a public forum and information session on renewable energy issues and needs. 

The free event, "Putting Solar Energy in [Its] Place," will be Jan. 14 at the William and Ida Friday Center in Chapel Hill. 

The event begins at 5 p.m. with interactive displays, videos and posters from university, government, non-profit and business representatives. 

From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., an open discussion with a panel of experts will consider the promise, problems and alternatives for solving the world's energy and climate problems. 

The forum will address the science, policy and economics of renewable energy. Both the displays and the discussion session offer attendees opportunities to learn and talk informally with experts about different forms of solar energy and other alternative power sources, such as wind, nuclear, natural gas, biofuels and clean coal. Other topics include public policy issues, investment, storage and smart grid technologies, conservation and energy efficiency.

Scheduled panel speakers include Thomas J. Meyer, center director and Arey Professor of Chemistry in the UNC College of Arts and Sciences; U.S. Rep. David Price, D-Chapel Hill; and Olee Joel Olsen, founder and managing director of O2 Energies, a North Carolina-based solar power plant development and consulting company.

This is a free event, and no registration is required. Refreshments will be provided. For more details, see

The public forum is part of the center's third annual scientific conference, "Solar Fuels: Catalysis and Photoconversion," which takes place Thursday, Jan. 13 and Friday, Jan. 14. The symposium is sponsored and organized by the UNC Energy Frontier Research Center, a U.S. Department of Energy-funded center that focuses on solar fuels and next generation photovoltaics. The conference's principal co-sponsor is the Research Triangle Solar Fuels Institute, with additional support provided by the UNC Institute for Advanced Materials, Nanoscience and Technology the UNC Institute for the Environment, Progress Energy, Duke Energy and the North Carolina Biotechnology Center.

Read more: The Herald-Sun - The dollars and sense of energy  


Friday, January 14, 2011 - 12:00pm


Friday Center

The Mill on the Carolina North Floss

As we watched the oily horror spread through the Gulf, some fiendish homeowner's demons launched a shock-and-awe assault on the homefront, leaving us at one point without hot water, air-conditioning, television, all kitchen privileges, or garage door opener.  We particularly missed the A/C as six behemoth heaters and dehumidifiers blasted hot air throughout kitchen and living room.   Our savings have taken a breathtaking hit, soon to be eased somewhat by a low interest credit union equity-line-of-credit.  (We need more credit unions and fewer ... but that's another blog.)

The link between the oil spill and the pushme-pullyou of A/C vs. floor-drying machines hit me like that hot slap of air on emerging from an air-conditioned building into 98-degree heat -- and it did so as I was looking across Penobscot Bay at 3 windmills on an island. And I'd noticed several others have popped up, more or less one at a time, around the Boston area, NH, and Maine. 

Transition Carrboro -Chapel Hill ~ "Power Down" Video and Discussion TONIGHT!

This Wednesday, March 10, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Flyleaf Books, Transition Carrboro-Chapel Hill will present two episodes of The Powerdown Show, which examines local responses to peak oil and climate change.



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