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Angela Bryant Awarded Green Award from NCSEA

Charlotte Business Journal
by John Downey
Senior staff writer

Representative Angela Bryant Named
NC Legislator of the Year

Raleigh, NC - The N.C. Sustainable Energy Association recognized two relative newcomers to the N.C. General Assembly with its Legislator of the Year awards Friday.

Representative Angela Bryant Receives Green AwardOn the House side, the association recognized Rep. Angela Bryant, D-Nash, who is in her second term. She took over as chairwoman of the House Energy and Energy Efficiency Committee this past session, replacing longtime-environmental champion Rep. Pricey Harrison.

N.C. SEA Executive Director Ivan Urlaub credited her with working to protect state support for sustainable energy efforts despite budget cuts in the recession.

On the Senate side, the association chose a freshman, Sen. Josh Stein, D- Wake. Urlaub credited Stein with leadership on the extension of state renewable energy credits for five more years and increasing funding for state projects with energy service companies that reduce energy waste and conserve water in public buildings.

As the Chairman of the House Energy & Energy Efficiency Committee, Rep. Angela Bryant played a key leadership role in drafting and encouraging the passage of several bills.

Bryant Primary Bill Sponsor:

H1481-  Energy to Commerce;   transfers State Energy Office and Weatherization Program to Dept of Commerce to consolidate all energy functions in one program under an assistant secretary for energy

H606/S457- Adds the definition of biodiesel to the Energy Credit Banking and Selling Program

H619 -  NC Green Business Fund – included in budget bill -- $5 mill of Recovery Funds allocated

H905 -  Renewable Energy and Alternative Fuel Tax Credits and incentives for energy conservation to be studied by Revenue Laws Study Committee and Environmental Review Commission

H349/S304 -  increased amount state can finance for state buildings under Guaranteed Energy Savings Contracts from $100 mill to 500 mill.

Supported/H512 -  Incentives for Energy Conservation – extending the sunset for the state renewable energy tax credit to 2016 and expanded the credit to cover geothermal heat pumps and equipment and allows the credit to be taken against the gross premium insurance tax.

ENSURE ACCOUNTABILITY FOR STIMULUS FUNDS – bill facilitates expedited use and expenditure of federal stimulus funds; establishes one or more revolving loan funds for energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements; authorizes a study of how to develop online tracking and trading of renewable energy certificates in order to verify power company compliance with the renewal energy portfolio standard (REPS) requirements and to facilitate a market for the purchase and sale of renewable energy certificates (RECs)

Additional Award Coverage

YEAR – NCSEA honored two legislators – Rep. Angela Bryant (D-Nash) and Sen. Josh Stein (D-Wake) – for their valuable leadership and outstanding efforts during this year’s legislative session, which resulted in passage of more than a dozen sustainable energy related bills that will create jobs, expand business opportunities, and spark financial investments in communities across North Carolina. In announcing the awards, NCSEA’s Executive Director Ivan Urlaub said,

“We honor and salute Rep. Angela Bryant and Sen. Josh Stein’s leadership on issues critical to making green energy solutions more accessible and affordable for all North Carolinians, their dedicated efforts in supporting policies to make our state competitive nationally in creating green jobs and attracting new investments, and furthering the House and Senate’s understanding of how to turn some of our greatest energy challenges into opportunities for our great state.”

As the Chairman of the House Energy & Energy Efficiency Committee, Rep. Angela Bryant played a key leadership role in drafting and encouraging the passage of several bills including the extension of North Carolina’s 35% renewable energy tax credit, energy-related government reforms, new financing options for sustainable energy projects, an expansion of our state's energy savings performance contracts, and requiring the state to buy more energy efficient vehicles. She also sponsored legislation to expand NC’s Green Business Fund, study offshore wind energy resources, and improve energy efficiency requirements for NC’s building code.

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