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Green energy group honors Apodaca

The NC Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) presented North Carolina State Sen. Tom Apodaca with its Legislator of the Year award for advocacy of clean energy policies that have brought benefit to North Carolina's businesses, citizens and economy.

NCSEA presented the award at the Raleigh Convention Center during its annual Making Energy Work conference. Each year, NCSEA honors those who demonstrate outstanding innovation and leadership in growing North Carolina's clean energy industries.

"Senator Apodaca played a critical leadership role within the General Assembly on behalf of the state's entire clean energy community by helping to defend economically beneficial clean energy policies," NCSEA Executive Director Ivan Urlaub said of the Hendersonville Republican. "His stance in support of some of the state's most effective clean energy policies like the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (REPS) not only demonstrated strategic vision, it safeguarded the jobs and investment dollars that clean energy is currently bringing to communities around the state."