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Introduced Version - Originating in Committee Senate Concurrent Resolution 54 History

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SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 54

(By Senators Unger, Jenkins, Barnes, D. Facemire, K. Facemyer, Fanning, Plymale, Stollings and White)

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[Originating in the Committee on Transportation and

Infrastructure; reported April 2, 2009.]


Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance study public policy initiatives that promote the development and implementation of green building standards, green energy workforce and energy demand- side management in the public and private sectors, as well as potential tax credits.

Whereas, President Barack Obama initiated a significant catalyst to the green energy economy through the commitment of billions of federal dollars; and
Whereas, The creation of further demand for skilled trained green jobs and products is imperative to future economic development in the state; and
Whereas, Educational and training programs within the community college/vocational-technical system serve as the catalyst for the development of green jobs; and
Whereas, The development of energy demand-side best practices will generate savings for both public and private sector organizations; and
Whereas, Several public sector entities, such as the School Building Authority and Courthouse Facilities Improvement Authority, currently possess the capability and programmatic structure conducive to the development and implementation of energy demand-side best practices; and
Whereas, The United States Green Building Council has developed standards known as the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards; and
Whereas, Further review and determination of the most relevant and useful green building standards is critical to any energy demand-side management policy and program; and
Whereas, The availability of credits against certain state taxes, such as the West Virginia corporation net income tax, the business franchise tax and the West Virginia personal income tax, for placing in service certain energy efficient buildings, such as those buildings that comply with designated requirements of the federal Energy Star programs, would encourage the construction or rehabilitation of energy-efficient buildings in this state; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to study public policy initiatives that promote the development and implementation of green building standards, green energy workforce and energy demand-side management in the public and private sectors, as well as potential tax credits; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance may seek input and information from experts and other resources appropriate to this study; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2010, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.
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