About the Blue Horizons Project

Setting the course for clean energy

The Blue Horizons Project was formed through the Energy Innovation Task Force (EITF), a working group convened in April 2016 by the City of Asheville, Buncombe County and Duke Energy. EITF has two primary goals:

  1. In the long term, transition the Duke Energy Progress – West Region to a cleaner, affordable, and smarter energy future, rooted in community engagement and collaboration.
  2. In the short term, avoid or delay the construction of a 190 MW natural gas plant planned for 2023.

The Blue Horizons Project was conceived to help achieve these goals by promoting energy efficiency throughout the region. Its role is to enlist public support and provide easy access to resources that allow everyone to be a part of creating a clean energy future.

Our partnership with Rocky Mountain Institute

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) is an independent, nonpartisan nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting a clean, prosperous and secure low-carbon future. They work with diverse partners in business, government, academia and beyond to accelerate a global shift from fossil fuels to energy efficiency and renewable energy.

The EITF partnered with RMI to perform a strategic analysis of energy use in our region and provide recommendations that will help us meet both our short- and long-term goals. Those recommendations form the foundation of the Blue Horizons Project.

EITF members

The Blue Horizons Project is led by EITF members from the following organizations:

Get involved

The success of the Blue Horizons Project depends on the support and participation of the people and businesses of Buncombe County. We ask that you adopt energy efficiency as normal in your home, promote it in your workplace and donate and volunteer with organizations that help others do the same.