The Governor’s ink isn’t even on the paper for HB 2561 (signing date is early May) and a coalition of stakeholders is at work to gear up for a successful November vote. NEEC is taking the lead on the creation of a campaign structure to run a professional organized statewide referendum. Yes for Schools and Jobs has been formed as a 527 Political Action Committee to receive contributions to fund this effort. Professional observers are forecasting the need for a full court press to be successful – and full court presses require significant financial resources. The magnitude of this effort ensures that there will be many business winners in the energy efficiency industry. Energy service companies are clear beneficiaries, but companies in the supply chain for energy efficiency products stand to gain big advances from the implementation of this work – work that will likely be conducted in every county in the state. B2B opportunities seem inevitable given the magnitude of the effort contemplated in this legislation. As this campaign gets going, look for periodic updates on the NEEC web site (www.neec.net) and personal phone calls asking your company to get involved in making this effort a model for the rest of country (yes, this effort is being watched by the US Congress and other national interests as a possible national model).
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