New utilities joining others in Research Triangle

December 21, 2013 by  

Research Triangle, near Raleigh, is home to a number of high-tech companies and is known for the innovations and discoveries taking place there, and for its commitment to new technologies. A group called the CleanTech Cluster was founded in the Triangle to promote cleaner technologies, and now two more companies have joined the effort. The newest members of the Cluster are North Carolina Electric Membership Corp. (NCEMC) and ElectriCities of North Carolina.

The CleanTech Cluster promotes clean technology, hence its name. Clean technology has no exact definition, but there has been enough work done in the sector to identify it as including a number of products and processes that are cleaner than fossil fuels and sustainable over the long term. They include services like solar power, wind power, biofuels, and recycling. Clean technologies work to make green buildings, infrastructure, and transportation both environmentally friendly and more energy efficient. Various agreements that include provisions for mitigating climate change also fall under the clean technologies banner.

Lee Anne Nance, Research Triangle Regional Partnership’s executive vice president, notes that NCEMC and ElectriCities have spent decades aiding their members in integrating clean technologies into their operations, modifying and modernizing their power generating and distribution systems. She also notes that both companies play a vital role in furthering economic growth in the areas served by their member companies.

CleanTech Cluster might consider working with brochure printers to create a mailer for area residents, explaining the work of the Cluster and encouraging them to work toward reducing their environmental impact.