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Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) Adds the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association to Regional Chapter Network

North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) releases 2012 North Carolina Clean Energy Industries Census, examining North Carolina's advanced energy industry.

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), a national business organization representing the advanced energy industry, today announced the addition of its latest state chapter, the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association, at NCSEA's annual conference, Making Energy Work, being held today at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C.

The North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) becoming a chapter of AEE reflects a commitment to help local member businesses connect, collaborate, grow and advocate for a better business climate for advanced energy companies at the state and national level. "Advanced Energy Economy is creating a unified business voice for advanced energy that can be heard at the state and national level, and we are thrilled to have a state partner in North Carolina," said Graham Richard, CEO, Advanced Energy Economy. "NCSEA is an important addition to our growing national network of business organizations. We look forward to working with them to ensure U.S. leadership in meeting growing global energy needs with advanced energy solutions."

In support of this mission, NCSEA is releasing today its 2012 Clean Energy Industries Census which estimates over 1,100 clean energy companies employ more than 15,200 full-time equivalent clean energy employees in approximately 1,400 offices across 86 of North Carolina's 100 counties. These companies have been critical in building North Carolina's clean energy landscape – a landscape that includes over 38,000 Energy Star certified residences, 2,100 commercial energy efficient buildings, and over 3,000 planned or installed clean energy systems. Click here for more information. The Census reflects the aggregate responses of nearly 1,200 companies from 2010 to 2012 who verified they are active in North Carolina's clean energy sector.

Key findings include:

  • There are over 15,200 full-time equivalent employees in the NC clean energy business sector.
  • In 2012, the clean energy sector in North Carolina conservatively generated over $3.7 billion in annual gross revenue derived from clean energy activities.
  • North Carolina's research and development and manufacturing sectors combined employ over 6,800 full-time equivalents.
  • Companies active in solar, wind and biomass employ nearly 4,000 full-time equivalents.
  • Large numbers of firms and full-time equivalent jobs are involved in energy efficiency in the built environment.
  • North Carolina's internationally recognized smart grid cluster continues to grow and facilitate the deployment of the next generation of transmission and distribution infrastructure.
  • Over 200 North Carolina clean energy companies indicate that in addition to their work in North Carolina, they also supply products and services to the national and international markets.

NCSEA joins existing AEE chapters in Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, New England, South Carolina and Ohio:

  • Advanced Energy Economy Ohio, a statewide effort that includes eight state economic development groups focused on advanced energy;
  • Arkansas Advanced Energy Association (AAEA), which is dedicated to growing Arkansas's economy by expanding the state's workforce and manufacturing base through the increased development and deployment of advanced energy technologies;
  • Colorado Cleantech Industry Association (CCIA), a statewide organization dedicated to promoting Colorado's cleantech industry;
  • Clean Energy Trust, based in Illinois, which is focused on accelerating the development of Midwest clean energy businesses by connecting entrepreneurs, researchers and early stage companies with the expertise and capital needed to become sustainable;
  • Energy Innovation Business Council (EIBC), based in Michigan, is a trade organization made up of Michigan companies and businesses that are at the forefront of the advanced energy sector;
  • New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC), an organization of over 400 advanced energy companies, venture investors, major financial institutions, universities, industry associations, utilities, labor and large commercial energy users in the six New England states seeking to elevate the region's clean energy economy to global leadership.
  • South Carolina Clean Energy Business Alliance (SCCEBA), an organization committed to building a broad-based business alliance that fosters the development of South Carolina's advanced energy industry.

About Advanced Energy Economy

AEE is a national organization representing the entire advanced energy industry. AEE's mission is to influence public policy, foster advanced energy innovation and business growth, and provide a unified voice for a strong U.S. industry that serves as the economic engine driving the global transition to a smarter energy future. AEE has offices in San Francisco, CA; Boston, MA; and Washington, DC. For more information about AEE, please go to www.AEE.net.

About NCSEA

The North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA), founded in 1978 is a 501(c)3 nonprofit membership organization of individuals, businesses, government and non-profits interested in North Carolina's sustainable energy future. Located in Raleigh, but active statewide, NCSEA is the only nonprofit in North Carolina devoted to leading public policy change and driving market development in ways that will create clean energy jobs. For more information about AEE, please go to energync.org.

SOURCE The North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA)