Friday, March 06, 2009

2nd Patterson sponsored AZ energy bill passes

Solar power offers hope for AZ jobs and economy.

PHOENIX -- House Democrats Nancy Young Wright (Tucson), Chris Deschene (Window Rock) and I helped pass bipartisan HB2337 yesterday in the Water and Energy Committee.

HB2337 establishes energy efficiency goals for residential and commercial construction, schools and state buildings, and allows state agencies and school districts to enter into energy performance and renewable energy power purchase contracts and utilize the savings realized from these contracts. Additionally, HB2337 includes stipulations for the implementation of the contracts and includes reporting requirements.

This is the second energy bill I helped sponsor that has passed, the first being HB2336.

I'll be a featured speaker today at the opening ceremony of the big Energy and Sustainability EXPO9 in Tucson, sponsored by the Pima Association of Governments.

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