North Carolina Economic Development Guide

2013

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The use while maintaining productivity. Energy storage ��� the ability to generate energy and then hold it until we need it ��� is emerging as a major ���eld.��� EPIC���s graduates will ���nd themselves in a race. ���What we have is the cost of clean energy falling, but over the last decade the cost of traditional energy solutions has been rising,��� Urlaub says. ���Natural gas is low in cost now, but we had nothing else in our traditional energy-resource mix giving us relief from rising costs until we found temporary extra supplies. That���s buying us probably another 10 years to drive the cost of additional clean-energy solutions down further and giving places like EPIC and the FREEDM center a chance to ���gure out how to innovate and scale up energy solutions not just in North Carolina but in the global economy.��� Created by the National Science Foundation, the Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management ��� FREEDM ��� Systems Center at N.C. State studies storing and distributing alternative forms of power. On a clear day, from the top ���oors of Duke headquarters, EPIC is visible less than 10 miles to the northeast. Of all the private companies that have contributed to the center, none has a larger stake in its success than Duke. Carter says the company���s workforce is a constant concern. ���We are always keeping that in front of us, though the investments we make are not only in four-year universities but community colleges. We���ve spent over $14 million in a ���ve-year time frame on training programs at 24 community colleges in our region, because we���re going to need that workforce. We���ve had over 6,500 workers graduate.��� Many are the people who keep legacy power plants and aging lines, transformers and substations functioning. Carter looks no farther than the company���s Riverbend Steam Station to see the value of EPIC. ���We pay close attention to the obsolescence of the technology we use, and our technology group keeps us informed about new resources. We don���t want to wake up and ���nd we���ve become a dinosaur.��� North Carolina EDG co-op program gave me the chance to learn more about TCOM and really apply what I���d learned in the classroom. Bradley Perkins, Electronics Technician, TCOM love And that���s why I Elizabeth City. For Bradley Perkins and Rick Anderson, electronics technicians working on air defense and surveillance airships and aerostats, every day is busy keeping sealer machines in top working order. Bradley took electronics courses at Gates County High School, and then enrolled in College of the Albemarle where he learned about TCOM through a co-op program. Rick is completing the same program. ���We���re the behind-the-scenes backbone of the company,��� says Bradley. ���What we do here is important.��� Education. Just one more reason Elizabeth City is a smart choice. To tap into our workforce, call the Albemarle Economic Development Commission toll-free at 1-888-338-1678. DiscoverEC.com

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