On Friday, March 23, 2018, NCBPA submitted letters to Mr. Scott Tew, Chair of the Energy Policy Council’s Energy Efficiency Committee, and to Mr. Jeremy Tarr, Policy Adviser to Governor Roy Cooper, documenting the association’s recommendations for increasing strategic state usage of energy efficiency, particularly in the built environment.
In the letters, NCBPA details a variety of energy efficiency policy recommendations – short and long-term – that the state government and agencies should take to increase the state’s strategic use of energy efficiency to the benefit of residents, businesses, municipalities, utilities and the environment.
The recommendations are contained in three main categories:
- Implement a top-down “Energy Efficiency First” strategy as North Carolina’s priority method for addressing current and future energy needs.
- Task the Utilities Commission and Public Staff with delivering an Energy Efficiency Potential Study and actionable steps to achieve savings and benefits through energy efficiency.
- Improve energy efficiency minimum requirements and available options in North Carolina’s residential and commercial Building and Energy Codes.
In the coming weeks and months, NCBPA will carry these recommendations forward with members and partner organizations to improve the strategic use of energy efficient construction in the state.