About Advanced Energy
Located in Raleigh, N.C., Advanced Energy is a North Carolina and global resource that focuses on energy efficiency for commercial and industrial markets, electric motors and drives, plug-in transportation and applied building science. Our facility houses state-of-the-art laboratories, where we perform testing and applied research in all of these evolving disciplines.
Advanced Energy creates economic, environmental and societal benefits through innovative and market-based approaches to energy issues.
For utilities, this means developing programs and services to benefit their customers. For industries, it means testing new equipment, helping develop new products and improving manufacturing processes. For the building industry, we help builders, developers and mechanical contractors improve homes, their industry and commercial buildings. For North Carolina's ratepayers, we offer cleaner energy options and energy savings.
Advanced Energy is committed to a future in which energy needs are met at reasonable costs and with the least negative consequences.
Advanced Energy — formerly called Alternative Energy Corporation, or AEC — was founded in 1980 by the N.C. Utilities Commission to investigate and implement new technologies for distributed generation, load management, conservation and energy efficiency.
The company was set up and still operates to work with member utilities on energy efficiency and conservation projects. Our North Carolina member utilities are Progress Energy [formerly Carolina Power & Light (CP&L)], Duke Energy, Nantahala Power & Light Company, North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation and Dominion North Carolina Power.
Advanced Energy is an independent non-profit corporation that is governed by a Board of Directors appointed by the governor of North Carolina and the member utilities.
In addition to creating means for sustainable energy-efficient economic development for the ratepayers of North Carolina, Advanced Energy operates as a fee-for-service consultant to clients nationally and internationally. We have built the company on a foundation of expertise and achievement in the areas of applied building science, motors and drives testing, and industrial process technologies.