2011

 

 

While the Common Agenda represents a set of shared priorities, there will always be other critical environmental issues being considered by the General Assembly. Please check back regularly for legislation updates.

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All items listed have the potential to be included as scored votes in the NC League of Conservation Voters Legislative Scorecard.

SENATE BILLS

AN ACT TO ENACT THE BALANCED BUDGET ACT OF 2011.  AUTHORITY FOR THE GOVERNOR TO REDUCE EXPENDITURES

In tough times everyone needs to be part of the solution.  As we craft the solution we need to be cautious of the funds that we are taking and the long term effects it will have for our state.  This bill was vetoed by the governor on February 22, 2011.

A JOINT RESOLUTION to establish the joint regulatory reform committee which shall work to create a strong environment for private sector job creation by lifting the undue burden imposed by outdated, unnecessary, and vague rules.

One concern of this reform committee is it not having to play by the rules of bill introduction deadlines.  Another is that it puts legislators in charge of complex rule-making, rather than agency experts.  All the meetings have occurred and surprising to the legislators the citizens of North Carolina prefer commonsense environmental regulations to the environmental rollbacks that this process was supposed to support.

Ratified February 22, 2011.

AN ACT TO LIMIT NEW AGENCY REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS.

Prohibits any new rule which results in “additional costs of 500,000 on the aggregate of persons subject to the rule” unless “required to respond” to some new legislation, federal rule, court order, or “serious and unforeseen threat”.  Every rule will have some costs associated with it, but this legislation does not consider the potential benefits, economic or otherwise, of some environmental rules.  Creating regulations that protect the environment does not kill business. In fact, Forbes magazine ranks NC 3rd in regulatory environment.  This is not needed and short-sighted.

Approved and signed by Governor on 3/25.

SB 48 – Accelerate Clean Up of Industrial Properties (HB45)   OPPOSE

AN ACT TO ALLOW THE USE OF RISK-BASED REMEDIATION TO ACCELERATE THE CLEANUP OF CONTAMINATED INDUSTRIAL SITES FOR THE PURPOSE OF LIMITING HUMAN AND ENVIRONMENTAL EXPOSURE TO SAFE LEVELS, TO PROTECT CURRENT AND LIKELY FUTURE USES OF GROUNDWATER, AND TO ENSURE THE COST-EFFECTIVE APPLICATION OF LIMITED PUBLIC AND PRIVATE RESOURCES.

This bill proposes changes to how contaminated manufacturing sites have to be cleaned up, emphasizing speed over effectiveness, and profit over protection of public health.

Did not meet crossover deadline.

SB 64 – Prohibit Boylston Creek Reclassification.  (HB62)     OPPOSE

AN ACT TO PROHIBIT THE RULE TO CHANGE THE WATER QUALITY CLASSIFICATION OF BOYLSTON CREEK FROM BECOMING EFFECTIVE.

This legislation aims to reverse the recent classification of the creek as Trout Water. It will contravene Federal Clean Water Act requirements.  Due to this legislation’s tie to federal statutes it will likely go to court if passed.

Did not meet crossover deadline.

SB 75 – Promote Electricity Demand Reduction.     OPPOSE

AN ACT TO PROMOTE THE USE OF ELECTRICITY DEMAND REDUCTION TO SATISFY RENEWABLE ENERGY PORTFOLIO STANDARDS.

In title this bill seems reasonable. However, this bill’s true purpose is to allow energy efficiency measures be counted as a Renewable energy source. This would negate any requirement that actual renewable electricity be created under SB3, and therefore reduce investment in renewable energy opportunities. This will hurt our economy.

Signed by Governor 4/28.

SB 110 – Permit Terminal Groins.       OPPOSE

AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE THE PERMITTING AND CONSTRUCTION OF TERMINAL GROINS AT INLETS UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS.

Terminal groins and hardened structures are damaging to our valuable beaches and our economy.  They will increase the cost of managing our beaches, and taxpayers will be forced to cover the escalating costs of moving sand for the long term. The bill is now limited to 4 structures under a pilot program.

This bill was allowed to become law without the Governor’s signature on 6.27.2011.

SB 181 – No LUST Cleanup Under Certain Circumstances.         OPPOSE

AN ACT TO PROVIDE THAT NO CLEANUP WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ANY DISCHARGE OR RELEASE FROM A PETROLEUM UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANK WHEN A PUBLIC WATER SYSTEM IS AVAILABLE TO THOSE AFFECTED BY THE DISCHARGE OR RELEASE AND NO SURFACE WATERS ARE LOCATED WITHIN ONE THOUSAND FEET OF THE DISCHARGE OR RELEASE.

This bill proposes changes to how Leaking Underground Storage Tank sites have to be cleaned up, emphasizing profit over protection of public health just because there’s an alternative water source available in the same contaminated area. Yet another piece of legislation that puts profit ahead of protecting public health by not holding polluters accountable for their actions.

Passed the Senate and has been referred to the House Committee on Environment.

SB 183 Selective Vegetation Removal/State Highways OPPOSE

AN ACT TO ESTABLISH CERTAIN STATUTORY STANDARDS FOR SELECTIVE VEGETATION REMOVAL WITHIN THE RIGHTS-OF-WAY OF THE STATE HIGHWAY SYSTEM.

This bill rolls back our existing policy on billboards that balances business and the environment, and prohibits excessive clear-cutting of trees along our highways.  Look forward to a new landscape on your next roadtrip.

This bill was signed into law by the Governor on 7.18.2011.

SB 194 – Electric Vehicle Incentives. (HB222).          SUPPORT

AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE PLUG-IN ELECTRIC VEHICLES TO OPERATE IN HIGH OCCUPANCY VEHICLE LANES AND TO EXEMPT PLUG-IN ELECTRIC VEHICLES FROM THE EMISSIONS INSPECTION REQUIREMENT.

This bill encourages the use of energy-efficient vehicles.

This bill became law when signed by the Governor on 6.27.2011.

SB 229 Transfer DENR Soil & Water to DACS OPPOSE

AN ACT TO TRANSFER THE DIVISION OF SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION AND THE SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION COMMISSION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES TO THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES AND TO MAKE CONFORMING CHANGES.

This bill passed the Senate and has been referred to the House Committee on Appropriations.

SB 232 – Deliniate Coastal Wetlands Riparian Buffers.  (HB116)          OPPOSE

AN ACT REGARDING THE DELINEATION OF PROTECTIVE RIPARIAN BUFFERS FOR COASTAL WETLANDS IN THE NEUSE RIVER AND TAR-PAMLICO RIVER BASINS.

This legislation would effectively neuter the gains previously made by removing existing buffer requirements and sensitive water restrictions. This bill would allow industry, development, mining and agricultural interests to have free access to pollute valuable watersheds.  This is a major blow to the foundation that has been put forth to protect our wetlands. Science shows that buffers work and they can be put into place without significant hardship to the  landowner. Yet another instance of putting private gain ahead of public health and protection of natural resources, and not holding polluters accountable for their actions.

This bill did not make the crossover deadline.

SB 279 Clarify Renewable Energy Resource Definition OPPOSE

AN ACT TO AMEND THE DEFINITION OF “RENEWABLE ENERGY RESOURCE” THAT PERTAINS TO THE RENEWABLE ENERGY AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY PORTFOLIO STANDARD (REPS) TO CLARIFY THAT WOOD IS A RENEWABLE ENERGY RESOURCE AND THAT WOOD NEED NOT BE A WASTE PRODUCT TO QUALIFY AS A RENEWABLE ENERGY RESOURCE.

Though wood fuel is preferable to coal, this bill allows for wood to be harvested for the specific purpose of energy production, instead of only allowing wood byproducts to be used. This stands in contrast to the effort to move towards cleaner fuels.

This bill passed the Senate and has been referred to the House Environment Committee.

SB 308 State Regulation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions OPPOSE

AN ACT TO PROHIBIT STATE AGENCIES FROM ADOPTING, IMPLEMENTING, OR ENFORCING A RULE THAT REGULATES GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS OR LIMITS HUMAN ACTIVITY FOR THE PURPOSE OF REDUCING GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS IF THE RULE IS NOT REQUIRED BY A FEDERAL LAW OR REGULATION OR IS MORE STRINGENT THAN A CORRESPONDING FEDERAL REGULATION OR LAW.

This bill passed the Senate and has been sitting in the House Environment Committee since March.

SB 309 Conservation Easements Stewardship Funds

AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE THE GOVERNING BOARD OF ANY SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT TO ESTABLISH A SPECIAL RESERVE FUND TO BE USED FOR MAINTAINING CONSERVATION EASEMENTS.

Signed into law on 6.27.2011.

SB 318 – Repeal Plastic Bag Ban.       OPPOSE.

AN ACT TO REPEAL THE BAN ON PLASTIC BAGS IN CERTAIN COASTAL AREAS.

In spite of the success of this small pilot project, this legislation would undo this valuable pilot project which reduces trash going into our landfills, protects our environment, and reduces our dependency on foreign oil.

This bill did not meet the crossover deadline.

SB 367 Efficient and Affordable Energy Rates Bill (HB135) SUPPORT

AN ACT TO (1)REQUIRE THE NORTH CAROLINA UTILITIES COMMISSION TO ESTABLISH TIERED ELECTRICITY RATES FOR RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL, PUBLIC, AND INDUSTRIAL CUSTOMERS TO ENCOURAGE ENERGY CONSERVATION AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY; (2) TO CREATE THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY PUBLIC BENEFIT LOAN FUND TO BE USED FOR LOANS TO CUSTOMERS FOR THE COSTS OF CERTAIN ENERGY EFFICIENCY OR RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS; AND (3) TO CREATE AN INCENTIVE FOR CONSUMERS TO PURCHASE ENERGY STAR QUALIFIED HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS.

The bill will reward energy conservation efforts with lower energy rates, while creating a loan fund for energy upgrades and an incentive for the purchase of Energy Star products.

This bill did not meet the crossover deadline.

SB 378 Energy Crops for Biofuels Feedstock

AN ACT TO DIRECT THE INTERAGENCY GROUP TO ESTABLISH AGRONOMIC RATES FOR ENERGY CROPS FOR UTILIZATION BY BIOFUELS FACILITIES.

Singed into law by the Governor on 6.27.2011.

SB 388– Transfer Forestry and Forestry Council to Department of Agriculture OPPOSE

AN ACT TO TRANSFER THE DIVISION OF FOREST RESOURCES AND THE FORESTRY COUNCIL OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES TO THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES AND TO MAKE CONFORMING CHANGES.

Another measure to reduce the ability of DENR to pursue environmentally sound policies by redirecting this council to be more production oriented versus the traditional conservation orientation.

This bill did not meet the crossover deadline.

SB 425 – Ecosystem Enhancement Program Changes

AN ACT TO DIRECT THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES TO REORGANIZE THE ECOSYSTEM ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM TO IMPROVE OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY, AND TO MAKE CLARIFYING CHANGES TO THE STATUTES GOVERNING COMPENSATORY MITIGATION AND THE CLEAN WATER MANAGEMENT TRUST FUND.

Makes various changes to the Ecosystem Enhancement Program at the behest of mitigation bankers and makes conforming changes to statutes.

This bill was ratified on 6.17.2011, and was signed by the Governor on 6.27.2011.

SB 427 – NC Water Security Act SUPPORT

AN ACT TO IMPROVE NORTH CAROLINA’S WATER RESOURCES.

Requires the preparation of a local water supply plan, to help localities plan efficiently for expected growth and development, conservation and reuse programs, and emergency and or drought conditions. Also requires reduced per capita demand by years 2016, 2025, and 2035. This is to be achieved through such measures as retrofits, water audits, submetering, full cost accounting, and xeriscaping. This is a strong start to becoming more conscious of our limited water supply, and efficient with its use. This bill did not meet the crossover deadline.

SB 462 – Distribution of Excise Tax on Title Instruments OPPOSE

AN ACT TO BOLSTER AFFORDABLE HOUSING THROUGH EQUITABLE DISTRIBUTION OF THE EXCISE TAX.

This bill seeks to redistribute the excise tax, formerly 75% of the tax would go to the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, and 25% would go to the Natural Heritage Trust Fund,  to a formula where 50% would go to the North Carolina Housing Trust Fund, 37% to the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, and 13% to the Natural Heritage Trust Fund. Essentially halving the funding the Parks and Recreation Trust fund and the Natural Heritage Trust Funds receive.

This bill did not meet the crossover deadline.

SB 464 – Debt Reduction Act 2011OPPOSE

AN ACT TO ENACT THE DEBT REDUCTION ACT OF 2011.

Lowers the caps on indebtedness allowed through special financing mechanisms for UNC School System and DENR.  The cap for DENR funds used for park and conservation acquisitions is lowered from $50 million to $10 million. This severely limits the ability of DENR to finance their programs.

Signed by Governor 5/3.

SB 473– The Solar Jobs Bill SUPPORT

AN ACT (1) TO REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF PURCHASED RENEWABLE ENERGY CERTIFICATES DERIVED FROM OUT-OF-STATE NEW SOLAR FACILITIES THAT MAY BE USED TO COMPLY WITH THE REPS REQUIREMENT THROUGH THE USE OF SOLAR ENERGY RESOURCES AND (2) TO DOUBLE THE REPS REQUIREMENT FOR THE USE OF SOLAR ENERGY RESOURCES AND EXPAND THE COMPLIANCE SCHEDULE.

This bill doubles the solar set aside requirement in the REPS from .2% to .4% of electricity provided coming from solar by 2018.  Additionally the bill provides for an annual growth in solar goal to reach each year on the way to the final goal rather than three abrupt stair steps towards the final goal to avoid a boom and bust cycle.  Finally the bill reduces from 25% to 12.5% the amount of the set aside that can be satisfied through the purchase of out of state solar RECS in response to a Utilities Commission decision that the set asides in the REPS are eligible for the 25% out  state allotment. In essence this bill will increase North Carolina’s commitment to solar energy generation and associated jobs.

This bill did not meet the crossover deadline.

SB 484 Reps Credits at Cleanfields Park (HB 465) OPPOSE

AN ACT TO PROVIDE THAT, WHEN THE NORTH CAROLINA UTILITY COMMISSION ASSIGNS TRIPLE CREDIT TO ANY ELECTRIC POWER OR RENEWABLE ENERGY CERTIFICATES GENERATED FROM RENEWABLE ENERGY RESOURCES AT A BIOMASS RENEWABLE ENERGY FACILITY LOCATED IN A CLEANFIELDS RENEWABLE ENERGY DEMONSTRATION PARK, THE ADDITIONAL CREDITS ARE ELIGIBLE TO MEET THE REQUIREMENTS FOR PUBLIC UTILITIES, ELECTRIC MEMBERSHIP CORPORATIONS, AND MUNICIPALITIES UNDER THE RENEWABLE ENERGY AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY PORTFOLIO STANDARDS (REPS) RATHER THAN REQUIRING THAT THESE ADDITIONAL CREDITS MUST FIRST BE USED TO MEET ALL THE REPS REQUIREMENTS THROUGH THE USE OF POULTRY WASTE RESOURCES.

This bill was ratified on 6.18.2011 and signed into law on 6.27.2011.

SB 491 – Sedimentation Pollution Control Act Exemption OPPOSE

AN ACT TO SPECIFY THAT THE AGRICULTURAL USE EXEMPTION FROM SEDIMENTATION POLLUTION CONTROL ACT PERMITTING REQUIREMENTS CONTINUES TO APPLY WHEN THE LAND IS TRANSFERRED INTO A WETLANDS RESTORATION PROGRAM OR OTHER WATER QUALITY, WATER RESOURCES, OR WILDLIFE HABITAT ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM.

Referred to the House commerce department on 6.07.2011.

SB 492 – Protect Landowner Water Rights OPPOSE

AN ACT TO ENHANCE THE PROTECTION OF LANDOWNERS’ WATER RIGHTS AND TO EXEMPT AGRICULTURAL PONDS FROM THE DAM SAFETY ACT.

Referred to the House Environment Committee on 6.16.2011.

SB 501 Swine House Renovations/Site Limits (HB 529) OPPOSE

AN ACT TO FACILITATE IMPROVED OPERATIONS AND CONDITIONS AT CERTAIN PREEXISTING SWINE FARMS BY PROVIDING FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OR RENOVATION OF SWINE HOUSES AT THOSE FARMS.

Signed by Governor 6/13.

SB 561 – Sedimentation Civil Penalty Cap & Remissions OPPOSE

AN ACT TO ESTABLISH A MAXIMUM CUMULATIVE TOTAL CIVIL PENALTY PER LAND-DISTURBING PROJECT FOR A FIRST-TIME VIOLATION UNDER THE SEDIMENTATION POLLUTION CONTROL ACT OF 1973, TO AUTHORIZE THE REMISSION OF CIVIL PENALTIES UNDER THIS ACT, TO REQUIRE THAT A PERSON ASSESSED A CIVIL PENALTY IS NOTIFIED OF THE OPTION TO REQUEST A REMISSION OF THE CIVIL PENALTY AND, FOR FIRST-TIME VIOLATORS, NOTIFIED THAT FIRST-TIME VIOLATORS CANNOT BE ASSESSED MORE THAN A MAXIMUM CIVIL PENALTY WHEN ANY CONTINUING ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE IS ABATED WITHIN ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY DAYS, AND TO REQUIRE THAT FIRST-TIME VIOLATORS BE OFFERED ASSISTANCE IN DEVELOPING CORRECTIVE MEASURES.

This bill will set a maximum limit of $25,000 on civil penalty assessments under the Sedimentation Control Act. It will also require DLR staff to deliver NOVs in person, which will slow down the process, in essence preventing many such cases from being addressed.

Passed the Senate and has been referred to the House Environment Committee.

SB 603 – Pesticide Registration Paper Reduction OPPOSE

AN ACT TO NO LONGER REQUIRE, FOR ANY PERSON REQUIRED TO REGISTER A PESTICIDE IN THE OFFICE OF THE NORTH CAROLINA PESTICIDE BOARD, THE SUBMISSION OF THE MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET TO BE FILED WITH THE PESTICIDE BOARD.

This bill encourages less responsible handling of dangerous pesticides as it reduces the safeguards set up by the state to monitor these chemicals.

This bill was signed into law by the the Governor on 6.27.2011.

SB 623 – Riparian Buffer Rule Exemption OPPOSE

AN ACT TO CREATE AN EXEMPTION TO THE RIPARIAN BUFFER REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTAIN PRIVATE PROPERTIES IN THE NEUSE RIVER AND TAR-PAMLICO RIVER BASINS.

Another rollback on environmental protection for the sake of private landowners.

This bill did not meet the crossover deadline.

SB 624 Modify Hearing and Mailings for Rule Making SUPPORT

AN ACT TO REQUIRE GREATER NOTIFICATION OF AND ABILITY TO ATTEND HEARINGS FOR RULE MAKING.

This bill did not meet the crossover deadline.

SB 625 – Conditions for New Environmental Rules OPPOSE

AN ACT TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS TO APPLY TO THE ADOPTION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF ANY PROPOSED ADMINISTRATIVE RULE THAT IS AN ENVIRONMENTAL RULE.

This bill adds extra burdens to the process of passing environmental rules. Such requirements include plans for future environmental audits, economic impact statement per county affected, and stakeholder committee involvement.

This bill did not meet the crossover deadline.

SB 628 – Water Quality Permitting Compliance Review and Submissions SUPPORT

AN ACT TO PROVIDE (1) THAT THE ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT COMMISSION SHALL DENY A WATER QUALITY PERMIT OR CERTIFICATION WHEN THE APPLICANT KNOWINGLY FALSIFIES INFORMATION OR FAILS TO DISCLOSE RELEVANT INFORMATION IN THE APPLICATION OR SUPPORTING INFORMATION AND (2) THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES SHALL CONDUCT AN ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE REVIEW OF AN APPLICANT FOR A WATER QUALITY PERMIT OR CERTIFICATION PRIOR TO ISSUANCE OF A PERMIT OR CERTIFICATION.

This bill encourages honesty in water permitting procedures and prevents expeditious approval of permits when falsified information is submitted . This bill passed the Senate and is moving through the House.

SB 635 – Littering Offenses/ Increase Fines SUPPORT

AN ACT TO INCREASE THE FINES FOR LITTERING OFFENSES.

An act to increase the fines for littering. Passed the Senate and has been referred to the House Judiciary committee.

SB 640 – Enhance Donations of Conservation Land SUPPORT

AN ACT TO ENHANCE DONATIONS BY CORPORATE ENTITIES OF DISTRESSED PROPERTIES WITH CONSERVATION VALUES

Changes the tax credit available for the donation of a real property interest for conservation purposes as identified in tax code for a Class C corporation from 25% of the fair market value of the property capped at $500,000 to a cap of $2,000,000. In the 2013 tax year the cap would come back down to $500,000.

This bill did not meet the crossover deadline.

SB 671 – Smart Grid Job Creation and Retention Act (HB 872) SUPPORT

AN ACT TO PROVIDE A TAX CREDIT FOR RESEARCH REGARDING TECHNOLOGIES FOR THE MODERN ELECTRIC GRID, AS THAT TERM IS DEFINED UNDER THE FEDERAL ENERGY POLICY ACT OF 2007.

Establishes a tax credit for research and development of smart grid technology. The credit would apply as a percentage of qualifying expenses when expenses are above $50,000, including employee compensation and amounts paid to a participating community college or a research university for services performed in this State. This bill is a smart way to create jobs in the new energy economy.

This bill did not meet the crossover deadline.

SB 680 Constitutional Convention/Hydrocarbons OPPOSE

AN ACT APPLYING TO CONGRESS TO CALL A CONVENTION FOR PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES TO PRESERVE THE ENERGY SECURITY OF THE COUNTRY BY INCREASING DOMESTIC HYDROCARBON PRODUCTION BY DIRECTING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO OPEN UP ALL FEDERAL ONSHORE AND OFFSHORE LANDS FOR ENERGY EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION IF GEOLOGICAL SURVEY DATA INDICATES THE POSSIBLE PRESENCE OF ECONOMICALLY RECOVERABLE HYDROCARBON RESOURCES.

Drill Baby Drill. Just because a resource exists does not mean it should be fully extracted without consideration for environmental health and natures intrinsic benefits. This bill did not meet the crossover deadline.

SB 681 – Require Quid Pro Quo for Agency Rule Making

AN ACT TO REQUIRE AGENCIES ADOPTING RULES THAT INCREASE THE WORKLOAD OF THE AGENCY OR THE PUBLIC OR PRIVATE SECTORS TO SIMULTANEOUSLY ELIMINATE ONE OTHER RULE.

This bill in essence requires more time and effort by doubling the energy required to pass and implement a new regulation.

This bill did not meet the crossover deadline.

SB 694– Energy Independence and Job Creation in NC SUPPORT

AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR THIRD-PARTY SALES FROM RENEWABLE ENERGY FACILITIES WITH TWO MEGAWATTS OR LESS CAPACITY BY AMENDING THE DEFINITION OF PUBLIC UTILITY TO EXCLUDE A THIRD PARTY THAT OWNS OR OPERATES THE EQUIPMENT OF A RENEWABLE ENERGY FACILITY WITH TWO MEGAWATTS OR LESS CAPACITY WHEN THE RENEWABLE ENERGY FACILITY IS LOCATED ON A CUSTOMER’S PROPERTY.

Exempts renewable energy facilities under 2MW that sell directly as providers of electricity from regulation as a “public utility” by the utilities commission, essentially permitting third party sales for renewables under 2MW.

This bill did not meet the crossover deadline.

SB 708 Building Code Rules/Effective Dates SUPPORT

AN ACT TO RECONCILE THE EFFECTIVE DATES OF CERTAIN RULES ADOPTED BY THE BUILDING CODE COUNCIL RELATED TO THE 2012 ENERGY CONSERVATION CODE AND THE 2012 NC RESIDENTIAL CODE.

This bill if passed will require the new energy efficiency standards that were passed in 2010 to become effective January 1, 2012.

This bill was signed into law on 6.27.2011.

SB 709 Energy Jobs Act OPPOSE

AN ACT TO INCREASE ENERGY PRODUCTION IN NORTH CAROLINA TO DEVELOP A SECURE, STABLE, AND PREDICTABLE ENERGY SUPPLY TO FACILITATE ECONOMIC GROWTH, JOB CREATION, AND EXPANSION OF BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY OPPORTUNITIES AND TO ASSIGN FUTURE REVENUE FROM ENERGY EXPLORATION, DEVELOPMENT, AND PRODUCTION OF ENERGY RESOURCES IN ORDER TO PROTECT AND PRESERVE THE STATE’S NATURAL RESOURCES, CULTURAL HERITAGE, AND QUALITY OF LIFE.

A bill masked by jobs language, which is really just a push for fossil fuel exploitation and increased consumption.

This bill was Vetoed by the Governor on 6.30.2011, and overridden by the Senate on 7.13.2011. It will now go to the House for concurrence on 7.25.2011.

SB 747 Offshore Wind Jobs and Economic Development SUPPORT

AN ACT TO ENCOURAGE THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE STATE’S OFFSHORE WIND ENERGY RESOURCES AND TO ATTRACT JOBS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

This bill promotes offshore wind energy development as well as proposing a systematic infrastructure for the energy development process to follow through the utilities commission.

This bill did not meet the crossover deadline.

SB 781 Regulatory Reform Act of 2011 OPPOSE

AN ACT TO INCREASE REGULATORY EFFICIENCY IN ORDER TO BALANCE JOB CREATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION.

Arguably one of the most destructive bills introduced this session, this bill does not aim to balance jobs with the environment but rather to eliminate environmental protections. This bill will set our state, which is currently ranked well for businesses and environmental protection, back decades.

The bill became law when the House concurred with the Senates Vote to override the Gubernatorial Veto on 7.25.2011.

HOUSE BILLS

HB 45 — Accelerate Clean Up of Industrial Properties.  (SB48).        OPPOSE.

AN ACT TO ALLOW THE USE OF RISK-BASED REMEDIATION TO ACCELERATE THE CLEANUP OF CONTAMINATED INDUSTRIAL SITES FOR THE PURPOSE OF LIMITING HUMAN AND ENVIRONMENTAL EXPOSURE TO SAFE LEVELS, TO PROTECT CURRENT AND LIKELY FUTURE USES OF GROUNDWATER, AND TO ENSURE THE COST-EFFECTIVE APPLICATION OF LIMITED PUBLIC AND PRIVATE RESOURCES.

This bill proposes changes to how contaminated manufacturing sites have to be cleaned up, emphasizing speed over effectiveness, and profit over protection of public health.

This bill became law without the Governor’s Signature on 6.20.2011.

HB 62 – Prohibit Boylston Creek Reclassification.  (SB64).         OPPOSE.

AN ACT TO PROHIBIT THE RULE TO CHANGE THE WATER QUALITY CLASSIFICATION OF BOYLSTON CREEK FROM BECOMING EFFECTIVE.

This legislation aims to reverse the recent classification of the creek as Trout Water. It will contravene Federal Clean Water Act requirements.  Due to this legislation’s tie to federal statutes it will likely go to court if passed.

Became Law without signature 4/5.

HB 119 Amend Environmental Laws 2011 OPPOSE

AN ACT TO AMEND CERTAIN ENVIRONMENTAL AND NATURAL RESOURCES LAWS.

Apparently if you keep it vague they may no one will object. This bill covers a wide variety of policy subjects and has proceeded without public comment at the legislature.

The bill was presented to the Governor pm 6.20.2011, and became law without signature on 7.1.2011.

 

HB 135 – Efficient and Affordable Energy Rates(SB367) SUPPORT.

ACT TO REQUIRE THE NORTH CAROLINA UTILITIES COMMISSION TO ESTABLISH TIERED ELECTRICITY RATES FOR RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL, PUBLIC, AND INDUSTRIAL CUSTOMERS TO ENCOURAGE ENERGY CONSERVATION AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY;  (2) TO CREATE THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY PUBLIC BENEFIT LOAN FUND TO BE USED FOR LOANS TO CUSTOMERS FOR THE COSTS OF CERTAIN ENERGY EFFICIENCY OR RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS; and (3) TO CREATE AN INCENTIVE FOR CUSTOMERS.

This bill gets at the heart of a major energy problem in North Carolina. Utility companies make money off of base load generation, which creates an incentive for wasteful energy production. This bill aims to change this system by adding incentives for energy efficiency: charging a higher rate the more electricity is used via a tiered rate structure, establishing a loan fund for purchasing energy efficient products, and taxing inefficient products. This bill is a first step in creating an efficient energy provision system.

This bill did not meet the crossover deadline.

 

HB 188 Taxpayer Bill of Rights

AN ACT TO PROVIDE GOVERNMENTAL ACCOUNTABILITY AND PROTECTION TO THE TAXPAYERS BY LIMITING INCREASES IN THE GENERAL FUND BUDGET, TO REFORM THE BUDGET PROCESS, TO ESTABLISH AN EMERGENCY RESERVE TRUST FUND, AND TO AMEND THE NORTH CAROLINA CONSTITUTION TO ESTABLISH A GENERAL FUND EXPENDITURE LIMIT.

This bill did not meet the crossover deadline.

HB 222 – Electric Vehicle Incentives.  (SB194).          SUPPORT

AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE PLUG-IN ELECTRIC VEHICLES TO OPERATE IN HIGH OCCUPANCY VEHICLE LANES AND TO EXEMPT PLUG-IN ELECTRIC VEHICLES FROM THE EMISSIONS INSPECTION REQUIREMENT.

This bill encourages the use of energy-efficient vehicles.

Signed by Governor on 5/26/2011.

HB 309 – Selective Vegetation Removal/State Highways.            OPPOSE

AN ACT TO ESTABLISH CERTAIN STATUTORY STANDARDS FOR SELECTIVE VEGETATION REMOVAL WITHIN THE RIGHTS-OF-WAY OF THE STATE HIGHWAY SYSTEM AND FOR THE ERECTION OF OUTDOOR ADVERTISING.

This bill rolls back our existing policy on billboards that balances business and the environment, and prohibits excessive clear-cutting of trees along our highways.  Look forward to a new landscape on your next roadtrip.

The bill did not meet the crossover deadline.

HB 349 Promote Green Roofs on Buildings SUPPORT

AN ACT TO PROMOTE GREEN ROOFS IN ORDER TO REDUCE STORMWATER RUNOFF, MITIGATE THE SIGNIFICANT WARMING THAT OCCURS IN METROPOLITAN AREAS RELATIVE TO THE SURROUNDING RURAL AREAS, AND REDUCE ENERGY CONSUMPTION, BY CREATING CERTAIN INCENTIVES TO INSTALL GREEN ROOFS.

Allows for cities and counties to give “green roof” credit against local stormwater fees. This is a common sense approach rewarding building designs that have a reduced stormwater impact.

This bill did not meet the crossover deadline.

HB 388 – Reclaimed Water Cross Connection Control OPPOSE

AN ACT TO ALLOW THE USE OF DIRECT CROSS-CONNECTIONS BETWEEN RECLAIMED WATER AND POTABLE WATER SYSTEMS WHEN SUCH DIRECT CROSS-CONNECTIONS HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY APPROVED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES.

This bill passed the House and has received a favorable report from the Senate Agriculture/Environment and Natural Resources Committee.

This bill was signed into the law by the Governor on 6.26.2011.

HB 422 – No High Speed Rail Money from Federal Government OPPOSE

AN ACT TO PROHIBIT THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION FROM ACCEPTING FEDERAL FUNDS FOR A HIGH-SPEED RAIL PROJECT WITHOUT EXPLICIT AUTHORIZATION FROM THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, AND TO PROVIDE A PENALTY FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION FOR NONCOMPLIANCE.

This measure has been amended to put additional restrictions on Federal Rail money that other transportation modes are not held to. Such projects would benefit the state by improving transportation efficiency and convenience as well as supplying North Carolina with 4800 new jobs.

The bill has passed the House and can be moved through the Senate should the Transportation Committee decide to take it up.

 

HB 431 – Repeal Senate Bill 3 of 2007 Session OPPOSE

AN ACT TO REPEAL SENATE BILL 3 OF THE 2007 REGULAR SESSION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, SESSION LAW 2007-397, RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY.

This is a step in the wrong direction in the name of lower energy prices. Instead of back tracking out of fear of higher energy costs, a move towards more responsible energy usage and rate structures should be adopted such as in H135.

This bill did not meet the crossover deadline.

 

HB 465 REPS Credits at Cleanfields Parks OPPOSE

AN ACT TO PROVIDE THAT, WHEN THE NORTH CAROLINA UTILITY COMMISSION ASSIGNS TRIPLE CREDIT TO ANY ELECTRIC POWER OR RENEWABLE ENERGY CERTIFICATES GENERATED FROM RENEWABLE ENERGY RESOURCES AT A BIOMASS RENEWABLE ENERGY FACILITY LOCATED IN A CLEANFIELDS RENEWABLE ENERGY DEMONSTRATION PARK, THE ADDITIONAL CREDITS ARE ELIGIBLE TO MEET THE REQUIREMENTS FOR PUBLIC UTILITIES, ELECTRIC MEMBERSHIP CORPORATIONS, AND MUNICIPALITIES UNDER THE RENEWABLE ENERGY AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY PORTFOLIO STANDARDS (REPS) RATHER THAN REQUIRING THAT THESE ADDITIONAL CREDITS MUST FIRST BE USED TO MEET ALL THE REPS REQUIREMENTS THROUGH THE USE OF POULTRY WASTE RESOURCES.

This bill did not meet the crossover deadline.

HB 492 – Stormwater Isolated Population Growth in County  OPPOSE

AN ACT TO (1) PROVIDE THAT DEVELOPMENT IN THE UNINCORPORATED AREAS OF A COUNTY IS NOT SUBJECT TO THE STANDARDS REGARDING POSTCONSTRUCTION PRACTICES UNDER SECTION 9 OF S.L. 2006-246 OR ANY ADMINISTRATIVE RULES ADOPTED TO REPLACE THAT SECTION WHEN THE DEVELOPMENT IS LOCATED IN A COUNTY THAT CONTAINS AN URBANIZED AREA AND HAD AN ACTUAL POPULATION GROWTH RATE THAT EXCEEDED THE STATE POPULATION GROWTH RATE FOR THE PERIOD 1995 THROUGH 2004 WHEN THAT POPULATION GROWTH OCCURRED IN AN AREA WITHIN THE COUNTY THAT CONSISTS OF LESS THAN FIVE PERCENT OF THE TOTAL LAND AREA OF THE COUNTY AND (2) RESCIND THE CURRENT DESIGNATION OF ANY SUCH COUNTY.

This law essentially exempts certain development projects from having to adhere to surface water regulations that keep our water safe from runoff and excessive turbulence.

 

Signed into law by Governor on 6.23.2011.

HB 495– The Solar Jobs Bill (SB473) SUPPORT

AN ACT (1) TO REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF PURCHASED RENEWABLE ENERGY CERTIFICATES DERIVED FROM OUT-OF-STATE NEW SOLAR FACILITIES THAT MAY BE USED TO COMPLY WITH THE REPS REQUIREMENT THROUGH THE USE OF SOLAR ENERGY RESOURCES AND (2) TO DOUBLE THE REPS REQUIREMENT FOR THE USE OF SOLAR ENERGY RESOURCES AND EXPAND THE COMPLIANCE SCHEDULE.

This bill doubles the solar set aside requirement in the REPS from .2% to .4% of electricity provided coming from solar by 2018.  Additionally the bill provides for an annual growth in solar goal to reach each year on the way to the final goal rather than three abrupt stair steps towards the final goal to avoid a boom and bust cycle.  Finally the bill reduces from 25% to 12.5% the amount of the set aside that can be satisfied through the purchase of out of state solar RECS in response to a Utilities Commission decision that the set asides in the REPS are eligible for the 25% out  state allotment. In essence this bill will increase North Carolina’s commitment to solar energy generation and associated jobs.

This bill did not meet the crossover deadline.

HB 529 Swine House Renovations/Site Limits

AN ACT TO FACILITATE IMPROVED OPERATIONS AND CONDITIONS AT CERTAIN PREEXISTING SWINE FARMS BY PROVIDING FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OR RENOVATION OF SWINE HOUSES AT THOSE FARMS.

This bill did not meet the crossover deadline.

HB 574 Distribution Modification to Excise Tax on Conveyances OPPOSE

AN ACT TO MODIFY THE DISTRIBUTION OF PROCEEDS OF THE EXCISE TAX LEVIED ON INSTRUMENTS BY WHICH INTERESTS IN REAL PROPERTY ARE CONVEYED TO ANOTHER.

This bill seeks to redistribute the excise tax, formerly 75% of the tax would go to the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, and 25% would go to the Natural Heritage Trust Fund,  to a formula where 50% would go to the North Carolina Housing Trust Fund, 37% to the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, and 13% to the Natural Heritage Trust Fund. Essentially halving the funding the Parks and Recreation Trust fund and the Natural Heritage Trust Funds receive.

This bill did not meet the crossover deadline.

HB 586-Enhance Water Supply Funding SUPPORT

AN ACT TO AMEND THE CLEAN WATER MANAGEMENT TRUST FUND TO PROVIDE THAT THE FUND MAY BE USED TO PRESERVE LANDS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF WATER SUPPLY RESERVOIRS.

This bill expands the use of the Clean Water Management Trust Fund. This bill passed the House and has been referred to the Senate Committee on Agriculture/Environment/and Natural Resources.

HB 587 North Carolina Jobs Bill OPPOSE

AN ACT TO PROMOTE NORTH CAROLINA JOB GROWTH THROUGH REGULATORY REFORM.

The bill adds a provision to the APA which bars any agency rulemaking that “exceeds standards or requirements established by an act of Congress or federal regulation, unless expressly required by an act of the General Assembly”. The bill also directs agency to review their rules to see whiich can be eliminated for economic benefit. In addition it directs the Utilities commission from representing the public in a “general societal interest” way and only allowing them to represent the using and consuming public.

This bill did not meet the crossover deadline.

HB 609 Promote Water Supply Development/Efficiency SUPPORT

AN ACT TO PROMOTE THE DEVELOPMENT OF WATER SUPPLY RESERVOIRS AND OTHER WATER SUPPLY RESOURCES, TO PROVIDE THAT FUNDS FROM THE CLEAN WATER MANAGEMENT TRUST FUND MAY BE USED TO PRESERVE LANDS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF WATER SUPPLY RESERVOIRS, AND TO IMPROVE THE EFFICIENCY OF USE OF NORTH CAROLINA’S WATER RESOURCES.

Provides that funds from the Clean Water Management Trust Fund may be used to preserve lands for the development of water supply reservoirs. Improves the efficiency of use of North Carolina’s water resource through measures that include plans to reduce per capita demand for potable water.

Governor signed into law on 6.27.2011.

HB 623 Eliminate Agency Final Decision Authority (SB 653) OPPOSE

AN ACT TO MODIFY THE PROCEDURES CONCERNING FINAL ADMINISTRATIVE DECISIONS IN CONTESTED CASES HEARD BY THE OFFICE OF ADMINISTRATIVE HEARINGS.

This bill makes more changes to the APA dealing with contested cases tried by administrative law judges. In essence it aims to amend statutes to remove final agency decision.

Passed the House and has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

HB 643 – Exempt CCPCUA from IBT Requirements   OPPOSE

AN ACT TO EXEMPT CERTAIN TRANSFERS OF WATER IN THE CENTRAL COASTAL PLAIN CAPACITY USE AREA FROM INTERBASIN TRANSFER CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS.

This bill  aims to make it easier to transfer water from one water basin to another. This man made transfer goes against the natural limits of the ecosystem and specifically the functioning of the watersheds, and will have detrimental effects beyond just water management.

The bill was signed into law on 6.24.2011.

HB 671 Beautify Roads and Clean Up Countryside SUPPORT

AN ACT TO BEAUTIFY NORTH CAROLINA ROADWAYS AND CLEAN UP ITS COUNTRYSIDE AND TO PROMOTE TOURISM AND MAKE NORTH CAROLINA MORE INVITING TO NEW INDUSTRY, BY DISCOURAGING LITTERING AND BY RESTORING ORPHAN CONTAMINATED WASTE SITES.

Establishes labeling requirements for beverage containers sold in the state and establishes subsequent rules for bottle refunding with a 5¢ deposit on beverage containers and a 10¢ deposit on malt beverage containers. Also allows the Secretary of State to authorize private redemption centers in addition to returning to the retailer. Creates the Unredeemed Beverage Container Deposits Fund as a non reverting fund that consists of abandoned deposits remitted by distributors and credited to the Fund, which will be used to administer the program and reimburse distributors for refund redemption’s and handling fees paid by distributors that exceed the deposits collected by the distributor. Remaining proceeds are to be credited to Inactive Hazardous Sites Cleanup Fund.

This bill did not meet the crossover deadline.

HB 694 ASU Wind Demonstration Project (S665) OPPOSE

AN ACT TO DIRECT APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY TO JOINTLY DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A WIND DEMONSTRATION PROJECT WITH THE HOLDER OF A PERMIT FOR A WIND ENERGY FACILITY THAT HAS BEEN ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES.

When the bill was first written it had the best of intentions to promote alternative energy. It has since been amended to only benefit one company and to disrupt a protected wildlife area.

Passed out of committee with a favorable report, though it did not meet the crossover deadline.

HB 722 Omnibus Act Regarding Coal-Based Energy (Appalachian Mountains Preservation Act) Support

AN ACT TO (1) PRESERVE THE APPALACHIAN MOUNTAINS BY PROHIBITING ELECTRIC PUBLIC UTILITIES THAT OPERATE COAL-FIRED GENERATING UNITS LOCATED IN NORTH CAROLINA FROM PURCHASING OR USING COAL THAT IS EXTRACTED USING MOUNTAINTOP REMOVAL COAL MINING; (2) REQUIRE PERMITS FOR CERTAIN SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL SITES FOR THE REUSE OF COMBUSTION PRODUCTS AND FOR CERTAIN SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL SITES FOR STRUCTURAL FILL AND TO ESTABLISH PERMIT FEES FOR THESE DISPOSAL SITES, IN ORDER TO ADEQUATELY PROTECT THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT; AND (3) PROVIDE ECONOMIC RELIEF TO ELECTRIC UTILITY RATEPAYERS DURING THIS PERIOD OF ECONOMIC RECESSION AND THE COMING RECOVERY PERIOD BY PLACING A MORATORIUM ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF ANY NEW COAL-FIRED POWER PLANT UNLESS IT IS CARBON NEUTRAL.

This bill did not meet the crossover deadline.

HB 723 Clarify SEPA /Economic Incentives Exclusion SUPPORT

AN ACT TO CLARIFY THE EXCLUSION FROM ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW FOR PROJECTS RECEIVING ECONOMIC INCENTIVES.

Reduces the scope of exemptions allowable under S778 from the last legislative session. Requires that if a public money that triggered application of SEPA was given in the form of an economic incentive and if they require air, water, or sediment control permits then they are required to complete and Environmental Impact Statement.

The bill did not meet the crossover deadline.

HB 724 Omnibus Energy Bill SUPPORT

AN ACT TO (1) AMEND THE DEFINITION OF “RENEWABLE ENERGY RESOURCE” THAT PERTAINS TO THE RENEWABLE ENERGY AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY PORTFOLIO STANDARD (REPS) TO CLARIFY THAT PLANTATION-GROWN WOOD IS A RENEWABLE ENERGY RESOURCE; (2) REPEAL REPS REQUIREMENT FOR POULTRY WASTE RESOURCES; AND (3) CLARIFY CURRENT LIMITATIONS ON CITY ORDINANCES AND COUNTY ORDINANCES THAT REGULATE THE INSTALLATION OF SOLAR COLLECTORS FOR RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY AND THE CURRENT LIMITATIONS ON DEED RESTRICTIONS THAT REGULATE THE INSTALLATION OF SOLAR COLLECTORS FOR RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY.

This bill did not meet the crossover deadline.

HB 746 Citizen Participation Act SUPPORT

AN ACT TO PROTECT THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT OF CITIZENS TO  PARTICIPATE IN GOVERNMENT PROCEEDINGS.

This legislation would protect citizens who wish to appear before elected officials or an appointed government body to testify on an issue without fear of litigation.  Polluters are filing more and more “Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation” suits to limit citizen participation in government about issues that affect their communities.

This bill did not meet the crossover deadline.

HB 768 APA Rules: Federal Rule Restriction Ceiling OPPOSE

AN ACT TO LIMIT NEW AGENCY REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS.

Declares the intent of the General Assembly that the standards and limitations adopted by agencies shall be no more restrictive than the most nearly applicable federal standards and limitations. Only allows for the following exceptions: a serious and unforeseen threat to public health, safety, or welfare; and act of the General Assembly or United States Congress that expressly requires the agency to adopt rules; a change in federal or State budgetary policy; a federal regulation; a court order.

This bill did not meet the crossover deadline.

 

HB 787 NC Water Efficiency Act SUPPORT

AN ACT TO IMPROVE THE EFFICIENCY OF USE OF NORTH CAROLINA’S WATER RESOURCES.

Makes many changes to law for water efficiency. Mandates that local water supply plans include a water efficiency plan. The local water efficiency plan would include policies and practices that by the year 2016 will result in residential water use at a level that does not exceed 100 gallons for each person each day, by 2025 will result in residential water use at a level that does not exceed 75 gallons for each person each day, and by 2035 will result in residential water use at a  level that does not exceed 45 gallons for each person each day. This is the type of common sense approach needed to reduce water inefficiencies. Passed the House and has been referred to the Senate Committee on Agriculture/Environment/and Natural Resources.

 

HB 789 Energy Efficiency Required for REPS (S695) SUPPORT

AN ACT TO CHANGE TO A MANDATE THE CURRENT OPTION THAT AN ELECTRIC PUBLIC UTILITY MEET UP TO TWENTY-FIVE PERCENT OF ITS RENEWABLE ENERGY AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY PORTFOLIO STANDARD (REPS) REQUIREMENTS THROUGH SAVINGS DUE TO IMPLEMENTATION OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY MEASURES THROUGH CALENDAR YEAR 2020 AND, BEGINNING IN CALENDAR YEAR 2021, MEET UP TO FORTY PERCENT OF ITS REPS REQUIREMENTS THROUGH SAVINGS DUE TO IMPLEMENTATION OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY MEASURES.

The next step in encouraging energy efficiency measures in public utilities.

This bill did not meet the crossover deadline.

HB 801 Building Code Revisions/Modify Legislative Review SUPPORT

AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR LEGISLATIVE REVIEW OF THE 2012 ENERGY CONSERVATION CODE AND THE 2012 RESIDENTIAL CODE ENACTED BY THE STATE BUILDING CODE COUNCIL DURING THE 2011 SESSION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY.

Makes the 2012 North Carolina Energy Conservation Code, as adopted by the Building Code Council in December 2010, which increases energy efficiency requirements in new residential buildings by 15% eligible for legislative review this session. This fast tracks the review process so the requirements can become effective Jan 1, 2012 instead of waiting till 30 days into the 2012 legislative session.

This bill did not meet the crossover deadline.

HB 821 Allow DOT to Use Recycled Asphalt SUPPORT

AN ACT TO ALLOW THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO USE RECYCLED ASPHALT FOR HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE IF IT MEETS THE REQUIRED MINIMUM CONTENT STANDARDS AND THE MATERIAL MEETS THE MINIMUM SPECIFICATIONS FOR THE PROJECT.

A step in the right direction, encompassing sustainable methods in all that government does.

Passed House, in Senate committee.

HB 840 Healthier and Greener Schools Act SUPPORT

AN ACT TO ENACT THE HEALTHY SCHOOLS ACT OF 2011.

Establishes the Healthy Schools Fund to be used to improve the health factor of school lunches, to encourage schools to serve local foods, to increase physical activity in schools, and to support school gardens. Establishes nutritional standards, a farm-to-school program, physical activity instructions for schools, as well as environmental programs office in the Department of Public Instruction. The Department of Instruction will also establish a school gardens program. This bill will also establish the Healthy Youth and Schools commissions. Also mandates that when feasible “green” cleaning products be used in schools.

This bill did not meet the crossover deadline.

HB 872 Smart Grid Job Creation and Retention Act (SB 671) SUPPORT

AN ACT TO PROVIDE A TAX CREDIT FOR RESEARCH REGARDING TECHNOLOGIES FOR THE MODERN ELECTRIC GRID, AS THAT TERM IS DEFINED UNDER THE FEDERAL ENERGY POLICY ACT OF 2007.

Establishes a tax credit for research and development of smart grid technology. The credit would apply as a percentage of qualifying expenses when expenses are above $50,000, including employee compensation and amounts paid to a participating community college or a research university for services performed in this State. This bill is a smart way to create jobs in the new energy economy.

This bill did not meet the crossover deadline.

 

HB 874 Independent Energy Efficiency Administrator SUPPORT

AN ACT TO CREATE NC SAVE$ ENERGY AS AN INDEPENDENTLY ADMINISTERED STATEWIDE ENERGY, ELECTRICITY, AND GAS EFFICIENCY PROGRAM IN ORDER TO PROTECT RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS FROM RAPIDLY RISING ENERGY COSTS, TO CREATE JOBS, TO IMPROVE THE OLDER HOUSING STOCK, AND TO REDUCE ENERGY DEMAND THROUGH ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND ENERGY CONSERVATION.

This bill will create energy efficiency programs to help lower energy demand for residents and create jobs in the retrofitting sector. Follow the link for more information on the NC SAVE$ ENERGY Program.

This bill did not meet the crossover deadline.

HB 918 Housing Stimulus SUPPORT

AN ACT TO CREATE AN INCENTIVE FOR HOME RENOVATIONS AND PURCHASING NEW ENERGY-EFFICIENT HOMES.

This bill includes various housing credits and stimulus oriented policies, including a $1500 tax credit for homes built to the 30% energy efficiency gains recommended by the international building code council, 15% greater than that pending legislative review as adopted by the NC Building Code Council.

This bill did not meet the crossover deadline.


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