NCSEA Recognizes Lawmakers’ Longstanding Commitment to Driving North Carolina’s Clean Energy Leadership

RALEIGH, N.C. -- On the heels of the 2014 legislative session, the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA), a leading 501(c)3 nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization dedicated to shaping the state’s clean and efficient energy future, is recognizing three members of the North Carolina General Assembly that have demonstrated outstanding leadership and contributed to the state’s rapidly emerging clean energy ecosystem through collaborative, forward-thinking dialogue and policies that benefit businesses and ratepayers statewide. During the 6th annual Making Energy Work conference on October 1-2 in Charlotte, N.C., Sen. Wesley Meredith (R-19), and State Reps. Charles Jeter (R-92) and Ruth Samuelson (R-104) will be honored for their dedication to securing North Carolina’s clean energy future through NCSEA’s premier 2014 Legislative Awards in front of nearly 600 local, regional and national clean energy stakeholders. Also during Making Energy Work, NCSEA will recognize businesses and community members who’ve made North Carolina’s clean energy growth and success possible.“Not only have our exceptional Legislative Award recipients shown support for technologies including solar, wind, biomass and energy efficiency, they’ve recognized the entrepreneurial spirit of North Carolina businesses and investors that has directly resulted in more than $4 billion in economic impact and nearly 20,000 clean energy jobs across our state,” said Betsy McCorkle, NCSEA’s director of government affairs. “Because of the effort of these individuals, North Carolina is quickly becoming a model for how government, industry and community can work together to achieve a flourishing and abundant clean energy ecosystem.”

Since 2005, NCSEA has honored legislators who have displayed a willingness to work across the aisle and promote policies needed to sustain and enhance North Carolina’s clean energy marketplace. This year, NCSEA selected the policymakers based on their body of work throughout the most recent legislative session:

·         Sen. Wesley Meredith (Cumberland County), Legislator of the Year: As this year’s Legislator of the Year, Sen. Meredith has been a vocal supporter of clean energy policies, including the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (REPS), which requires the state’s electric power providers to generate a portion of electricity needs through renewable energy resources, and the Renewable Energy Investment Tax Credit. In addition, Sen. Meredith worked to help North Carolina’s military installations take advantage of the clean energy they produce.

·         Rep. Charles Jeter (Mecklenburg County), Clean Energy Emerging Leader: The Clean Energy Emerging Leader award recognizes Rep. Jeter who, in his first term in the General Assembly, has taken a strong position on clean energy policies in North Carolina. In the past year, Rep. Jeter worked with many of his House colleagues to stop last year’s REPS repeal attempt, which threatened to stymie clean energy development, while providing valuable leadership in advancing clean energy solutions in his district and across the state.

·         Rep. Ruth Samuelson (Mecklenburg County), Excellence in Public Policy: A public servant of North Carolina since 2006, Rep. Samuelson will be given the Excellence in Public Policy award, which signifies her leadership role in shaping North Carolina public policy to drive market development that creates clean energy jobs, economic opportunities and affordable energy to the benefit of her constituents. Rep. Samuelson, who currently serves as Conference Leader, has understood how important the adoption of clean energy technologies is to not just the environment, but the state’s economy.

“Making Energy Work is the perfect venue to honor the decision-makers who have helped put North Carolina on the map for renewable and energy efficiency solutions,” said Ivan Urlaub, NCSEA’s executive director. “We rely on collaboration between these legislators, as well as the utilities representatives, and industry and community members to drive a sustainable energy ecosystem that fosters job growth, business and economic development.”

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Sen. Wesley Meredith: “It is my privilege to receive the NCSEA Legislator of the Year Award.  NCSEA plays a valuable role in ensuring our fine state is one of the front-runners of clean energy. As a small business owner, I appreciate the risks that entrepreneurs have taken by advancing clean energy technologies. With NCSEA’s leadership, I am confident North Carolina will continue its move toward affordable, clean energy that helps drive our economy.”

Rep. Charles Jeter: “I am honored to receive this award from an organization that shares accurate and timely information about North Carolina’s clean energy sector. North Carolina is in the energy business, and we have groups like the NC Sustainable Energy Association to thank for driving policy to create jobs, economic opportunities and keep electricity rates low.“

Rep. Ruth Samuelson: “This is a special honor. I have great respect for NCSEA because of their advocacy for clean energy which is creating jobs and boosting our economy while also helping to keep our air and water clean. Clean energy is a win-win, and I have been proud to advance policies that keep North Carolina's clean energy economy growing.”

About NC Sustainable Energy Association
The NC Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) is the leading 501(c)3 nonprofit partner organization dedicated to driving public policy and market development that create clean energy jobs, economic opportunities and affordable energy to benefit all of North Carolina by educating, empowering leaders and removing barriers that impede growth of the state’s clean energy economy.

NCSEA has solidified its reputation as a trusted and collaborative resource – leveraging deep ties with members, businesses, consumers and policymakers, and a strong understanding of the state’s rapidly evolving clean energy market – in order to elevate North Carolina’s position as a clean energy leader and cultivate a thriving clean energy ecosystem. Since 1978, NCSEA has driven some of the most successful policies across all energy sectors that help to consistently increase jobs, market exports, the local tax base and fiscal return on clean energy policies.

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