To improve the country’s smallest water systems – those serving fewer than 10,000 people – the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded $2 million to the Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
In an effort to interpret and promote sustainable and clean energy use in North Carolina, the EFC collected data from rate schedules for 2013 from over 98 percent of residential electric utilities statewide.The EFC produced a dashboard that allows users to compare residential electric rates, as well as a report that summarizes the state of residential electric rates and rate structures in NC.
Through the Smart Management for Small Water Systems project, the EFC works to improve the financial and managerial capabilities of the nation's smallest, most plentiful, and neediest public water systems - those serving fewer than 10,000 people.
The Environmental Finance Center at UNC is excited to offer an applied summer environmental finance program that brings together students, researchers, and environmental professionals in Ecuador to take part in a series of research tasks, projects, and course work.
As part the Defining a Resilient Business Model for Water Utilities project, the EFC developed this tool to allow utilities and technical assistance providers to quickly determine the proportion of residential revenues from water sales that may be at risk of loss when residential customers change demand patterns.
These free, interactive Rates Dashboards are designed to assist utility managers and local officials to analyze water and wastewater rates against multiple characteristics.