Since the time our bill was introduced in the 2017 legislative long session, NCBPA has continued to work with industry partners, legislators and partner organizations to modify draft bill language and gain support for the C-PACE program to be enabled in North Carolina, when ready. NCBPA decided not to attempt to advance the bill during the 2018 legislative short session due to concerns over a very narrow window of opportunity for a complex bill that most legislators would not be interested in taking up with limited time and resources. Instead, NCBPA has continued to research support and opposition in the Senate, House and with key stakeholder organizations to prepare for work to be performed in 2018.
On May 30th and 31st, NCBPA led Lobby Days for Commercial and Residential buildings at the legislature to update supportive legislators on the C-PACE bill and gain their continued support for advancing it over the rest of 2018, leading up to a strong push at the start of the 2019 session. Bill co-sponsor Sen. Rick Gunn expressed his support for moving forward with the bill in 2019, as did co-sponsor Sen. Tommy Tucker, who is retiring after this short legislative session. During NCBPA’s Lobby Days, our members and staff met with several Senators and Representatives interested in co-sponsoring the Senate and House companion bill for 2019.
For the remainder of 2018, NCBPA will work with industry partners, member companies and legislators to identify the best course of action to advance the bill in the 2019 session. Support these efforts by working with us to obtain lobbying funds, case studies for viable C-PACE projects and educate supporters that will advocate and lobby with us to advance the bill over the coming months.