RALEIGH, NC - Earlier today the Senate Commerce Committee approved H 201 on a voice vote. The bill would revert commercial building codes to 2009 standards, which are effectively 2004 standards. In other words, H 201 would reduce minimum energy efficiency requirements in commercial construction by 30%.
The bill now heads to the full Senate.
“Energy efficient building codes put North Carolinians to work. The current code creates jobs in a wide range of industries including manufacturing, transportation and the design and construction of new buildings” said Molly Diggins, State Director.
Mississippi, which has historically ranked last in the country in efficiency standards, has an improved building code going into effect on July 1, 2013. South Carolina’s current minimum code for commercial buildings would be 15% more efficient than North Carolina’s if H 201 becomes law.
“For businesses seeking to open up shop in the Southeast, North Carolina would become far less attractive than our neighbors for the cost of operating commercial buildings”, said Diggins. “Energy bills for new commercial buildings in our state would be 15% to 30% higher than South Carolina and Mississippi.”
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RALEIGH, NC - The NC Sierra Club today joined Governor McCrory in celebrating June as Solar Energy Month.
“North Carolina has become a clean energy leader in the Southeast,” said Molly Diggins, state director of the North Carolina Sierra Club. “With leadership and supportive policies, our state is poised to become a national leader.”
To coincide with Governor McCrory’s announcement, the NC Sierra Club has launched a campaign to encourage North Carolina to become a national leader in clean energy. The ‘First In Solar’ campaign will run the course of the month, and engage North Carolinians through events, solar installation tours, and social media outreach.
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RALEIGH - Earlier today the Senate Agriculture, Environment & Natural Resources Committee approved a PCS for S 515 that repeals rules intended to clean up Jordan Lake, a drinking water supply for more than 300,000 people in the Triangle.
Upon the committee’s actions, Molly Diggins, state director of the NC Sierra Club, issued the following statement:
“This is the first time that the legislature has proposed repealing measures to clean up a troubled major drinking water source, with nothing to put in its place other than a commission of legislators to come up with a new plan.”
“There seems to be some magical thinking that legislators will find a technology that will clean up the lake without responsible parties upstream having to control their pollution into the lake.”
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Molly Diggins, state director of the North Carolina Sierra Club, issued the following statement:
“We are disappointed that the Senate today voted to condemn a valid contract between the City of Raleigh and the State that was entered into only months ago and would have created a destination park in Raleigh for all North Carolinians to enjoy.”
“With today’s vote, the Senate has thrown away an unique opportunity for the economic and cultural benefit of all residents of our state. Once again, we are counting on the House to employ due diligence and more deliberately attend to the best interests of all North Carolinians.”
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For Immediate Release - Today the NC House’s Commerce Committee gave a favorable recommendation to a Proposed Committee Substitute (PCS) for S 10. The PCS was very different from the version of S 10 that passed the Senate and excluded any alteration of the Utilities Commission. However, an amendment to the PCS, offered by Rep. Hager, revived the Senate proposal to purge all members of the Utilities Commission, though not until July 1.
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For Immediate Release
December 12, 2012
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North Carolina Is One Step Closer to Tapping Offshore Wind Energy
DOI Call for Information is the First Step in the Leasing Process
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September 19, 2012
NC Sierra Club Announces Endorsements for the 2012 General Election
Candidates with Strong Environmental Records Get Backing
Raleigh - Today the North Carolina Chapter of the Sierra Club announced their endorsements for statewide races, as well as for candidates seeking a seat at the General Assembly. A total of 59 candidates got support from the NC Sierra Club, which has nearly 50,000 members and supporters across the state.
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The Cape Fear Group of the North Carolina Sierra Club today announced the endorsements of Jonathan Barfield, Jr. and Rob Zapple in the 2012 election for New Hanover County Commissioner.
“We are confident that these candidates will work to create a sustainable future for New Hanover County that will bring well-paying jobs and stimulate the economy while protecting our air and water," said Cape Fear Group Chair Mac Montgomery.
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Wilmington, NC - Today the Cape Fear Group and the North Carolina Chapter of the Sierra Club announced their endorsement of Deborah (Deb) Butler in the 2012 Election for State Senate District 9, representing New Hanover County.
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