Over 30 companies, trade organizations, and energy consumers sent a letter to the North Carolina Senate and House Appropriations Committee chairs supporting House Bill 245, “Efficient Government Buildings and Savings Act,” which would encourage and advance energy efficiency by reducing energy consumption in state-owned buildings by 40% by 2028. The business community recognizes the economic opportunity brought by energy efficiency investments to reduce total energy costs, mitigate the impact of fuel and electricity price increases, and build a more affordable, reliable electricity system for the businesses and citizens of the state. Energy efficiency retrofits and upgrades in state buildings reduced utility costs by $175 million in FY20 alone.
The CHP Alliance and its members are particularly supportive of this bill because CHP qualifies under the definition of an “energy conservation measure”:
- Cogeneration systems that produce steam or forms of energy such as heat, as well as electricity, for use primarily within a building or complex of building.
We supported a similar letter last summer endorsing HB 245, and the bill passed in the House 116-1 but was not picked up by the Senate.