All industry professionals are encouraged to contact their state Senator encouraging them to support progress on HB330, the “Efficient Government Buildings & Savings Act” that passed the House 111-2 last April but has not been heard in the Senate yet due to opposition from Sen. Paul Newton (R-36). The guaranteed energy services performance contracting program supported in this important legislation will net state taxpayers $252 Million in savings through energy and water savings projects in state-owned buildings.
Action Requested: By June 5th, follow the short steps below to email your state Senate representatives asking for their support.
Step 1: Find your state Senator by clicking here.
Step 2: Prepare an email to the address provided on their webpage. Use the template language below in your email, and add any special messages that personalize the email.
Step 3: Send the email and CC Ryan@BuildingNC.org so that we can track who is being contacted.
Step 4: If able, follow-up with a quick phone call to let your Senator’s office know about the email. If you know your Senator personally, see if you can talk to them on your own or with NCBPA’s Ryan Miller. We can help setup a meeting.
Step 5: If able, share our letter below requesting legislator support with other advocacy and policy organizations that you work with or are a member of.
Dear Senator NAME,
As my state Senate representative, I urge you to support a Senate hearing on HB330 “Efficient Government Buildings & Savings Act” that passed the House 111-2 last April but has not been heard in the Senate yet due to opposition from Sen. Paul Newton (R-36). This important legislation will save the state $1.1 Billion over the next seven years and nets state taxpayers $252 Million in savings through energy and water savings projects in state-owned buildings.
I know that you are busy working on critical issues related to the state budget. That’s why I’m emailing you today. This bill does not ask for or require any state investment at all! Instead, it extends and refines goals that the North Carolina legislature previously set for state-owned buildings to save energy and water. The prior goals were met in 2015 and have thus far have resulted in $1.4 Billion in total savings.
This legislation extends the program and offers another $1.1 Billion in savings that can be used to address critical building repairs, lower energy and water costs, and improve building healthy and safety, which of course is much needed nowadays with the pandemic.
As an energy efficiency professional in your district, I encourage you to call for a hearing of this bill in the Senate. It has unfortunately remained in Senate Rules since passing the House last year. The lobbyist heading up these efforts on behalf of our industry may be contacted at Ryan@BuildingNC.org or 919-521-3385.
You can find more information on this valuable program here and case studies here.
Thank you for your support,