About Us

Who is CUCA? What does CUCA do? What is CUCA’s mission?

About US

OUR MISSION

To protect the jobs and economic output of North Carolina industry and manufacturing by securing reliable energy services at the lowest possible cost. We support flexible energy policies that help industries and manufacturers achieve their corporate goals.

CUCA is a 501 C (6) non-profit trade association serving North Carolina industries and manufacturers. Since CUCA’s inception, our primary focus has been to secure reliable energy at the lowest possible rate for our members. For the past 37 years, we have had a seat at the table where utility issues have been negotiated. We have successfully prevailed in keeping energy cost-effective through amicable working relationships with regulators, legislators, utilities, and stakeholders in the energy arena.

We have an excellent track record of producing strong returns on membership investments. In the last decade, we documented an estimated $3.8 billion in avoided cost savings from our efforts.

North Carolina is entering a new era where utilities will seek to raise rates more frequently. Our industry and manufacturing voice must be heard to ensure energy costs remain low, our plants stay open, and jobs and economic output remain in North Carolina. We do this by coming together, educating and working with our utilities, the N.C. Utilities Commission, N.C. Utilities Commission Public Staff, regulatory bodies, and the N.C. General Assembly.

It is more important now than ever to be a part of CUCA. To discuss membership, please contact us.

CUCA Staff

Kevin Martin

Kevin is the Executive Director of the Carolina Utility Customers Association, a position he moved into at the beginning of 2020. Prior to his current role, he spent five years at the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality as the Renewable Energy Program Manager and as the Weatherization Assistance Program Manager. Kevin has also worked at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at N.C. State University and as a consultant on energy matters. He has an M.B.A. from Averett University and a B.A. from the University of Virginia.

Devin O’Neal

Devin is the Business Manager of the Carolina Utilities Customers Association, a position he began in March 2020. Prior to his current role, Devin served as an Research Assistant in the Department of Economic Development and Engagement at East Carolina University. Devin also served as a Project Manager for a private contracting firm and as a consultant through the Small Business Institute at East Carolina University. Devin received his B.S. from East Carolina University.

CUCA Consultants and Partners

Brooks Pierce

Brooks Pierce is the law firm representing CUCA’s interests at the N.C. Utilities Commission. They have years of experience in the field of utilities regulation and will ensure that CUCA members receive the lowest possible cost for reliable energy use.

NOVA Energy Consultants

Kevin O’Donnell at NOVA has years of experience as an expert witness in utility rate cases. He represents CUCA’s interests in rate design and cost of service studies at the N.C. Utilities Commission.

Baldwin Consulting Group

George Baldwin has years of experience in natural gas regulation and service and he provides that expertise to CUCA members.

Diane Cherry Consulting

Diane Cherry has several years of experience working with energy and manufacturing companies and she brings this expertise to all of CUCA’s digital and print communications.

Lead Advantage

Sherri Baldwin and the Lead Advantage team are available to assist CUCA members with navigating their specific business challenges. The team has worked with energy and manufacturing companies for many years.

Institute of Energy Professionals

Walter Bright and the other professionals in this organization provide classroom instruction on energy topics and are a resource to CUCA members.

N.C. Military Business Center

NCMBC staff and consultants monitor federal activity for opportunities for manufacturing companies to work in the federal marketplace.