Energy Assurance Program
The Energy Assurance Program in the N.C. Energy Office works with other North Carolina state agencies, as well as the private sector, to develop effective responses to energy emergencies and to help ensure energy resources are available during adverse conditions. Access to reliable and affordable energy is essential to our technological society, where energy shortages can produce significant economic loss, jeopardize public safety and welfare, and interfere with the delivery of critical government services.
North Carolina’s energy infrastructure is a complex and diverse system with a multitude of stakeholders, and there are several interdependencies between energy sources and providers. Natural disasters are the most common cause of energy shortages, but accidents, criminal acts, geopolitical events or market forces that cause an increase in energy prices also can disrupt the system. For example, a hurricane that disrupts oil production and refining in the Gulf of Mexico can reduce the amount of transportation fuels available to the North Carolina market, driving up retail prices and making it difficult to obtain fuel.
The Energy Assurance Program works to enhance relationships, education and outreach so North Carolina can quickly recover from an energy disruption. The program also shares information about the development and deployment of Smart Grid Technologies.
Smart Grid technologies are emerging as critical components of the energy infrastructure in North Carolina and our nation. As the grid infrastructure ages, incorporating new technologies embraces 21st-century two-way communication technologies that will help ensure the growing demand for reliable and affordable electricity is met. For more information and resources on Smart Grid technologies, visit the resources below.
Smart Grid Technologies
North Carolina Energy Use Information
Market Data on Energy Resources