Resource Stewardship (Water & Energy)

If you have questions about this Action Group or would like more information about getting involved, please contact Bob Via.

Purpose Statement

This action group will assist in the development of comprehensive, informed strategies on the beneficial use, conservation, and allocation of North Carolina’s Water & Energy Resources. The group will use the licensed engineering resources in the state to advocate for stewardship of these resources through education and guidance of the public and policy makers.

Background

Two resources in North Carolina are increasing topics of public discourse and subject to influence of public policy and state law. These two resources are water and energy. Often these conversations taken place without the insight of licensed professional engineers whose practice and careers revolve around these subject areas. As a result, the dialogue is often uninformed by those engineering professionals who are best equipped to inform public opinion and public policy.

Expansion(s)

Water - North Carolina is fortunate to have tremendous water resources, in the natural forms of groundwater and surface water supplies. With NC receiving a net surplus of rainfall each year, the opportunity exists for NC to capitalize on abundance of water resources; but only if these resources are wisely and efficiently managed. As such, it is imperative for NC to gain a comprehensive understanding of all its water resources, how they are connected, and the best strategy for preservation and enhancement of these water resources.

Energy - North Carolina imports the vast majority of energy fuels; yet there is a perception that NC has undeveloped fuel resources, such as natural gas deposits, availability of terrestrial and off-shore wind resources, an abundance of biomass and organic wastes, and availability for additional solar energy collection.

North Carolina ranks 10th in the U.S. in per capita energy consumption, and is one of 37 states with a Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard, requiring 12.5% of the energy produced in NC to come from renewable resources by 2021. Presently, about 9% of NC’s power comes from renewable resources.

Action Group Mission(s)

  • Engage with the Mining and Energy Commission to define what activities must be done by a licensed professional engineer as rules are established for shale gas extraction.
  • Develop a policy position statement on the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (REPS) to clarify PENC ‘s position on renewable energy.
  • Develop and publish an informed and repeatable synopsis (semi-annual) on water and energy resources in North Carolina
  • Develop a guide on resource development and preservation investments for water and energy;
  • Provide scientific basis for NC Resource development timelines;

Success Measures

  • Have PENC members involved in legislative task forces on how North Carolina funds will be invested in Water & Energy Infrastructure development
  • Engage members in the development of Comprehensive Resource Allocation/Management plans for NC
  • Have PENC present at least three organizational meeting (e.g. NC Chamber, NC League of Municipalities, etc.)as on resource stewardship in 2014 to be seen as the ‘go-to’ experts for NC leaders, elected officials, and the public concerning questions and management of NC’s water & energy resources