Advanced Energy — formerly called Alternative Energy Corporation, or AEC — was founded in 1980 by the North Carolina 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 Duke Energy, 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.

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