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Horner receives clean energy advocacy award

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The state lawmaker representing southern Nash County has earned state advocacy groups’ Clean Energy Champion designation.

Sen. Rick Horner of Bailey represents parts of Nash County and Johnston County. He and fellow Republican Rep. Larry Strickland of Pine Level received awards at a Nov. 12 luncheon in Greensboro, according to Conservatives for Clean Energy, which cosponsors the recognition ceremony with Chambers for Innovation & Clean Energy.

Horner is a second-term senator. Johnston is a third term senator representing Johnston and Harnett counties.

Laurie Barnhart, Conservatives for Clean Energy’s North Carolina state director, said Horner and Strickland fought to increase market competition in North Carolina’s monopoly-controlled electricity market.

“Thanks to these two conservative legislators, North Carolina is leading the way toward more energy choice and innovation,” Barnhart said.

Award sponsors cited Horner’s background in agribusiness before serving in the Senate.

“As a senator, Horner has been a strong champion for more energy competition, innovation and clean energy,” according to a press release announcing the accolades.

The groups credit Strickland as being instrumental in helping to defeat a proposal to allow Duke Energy to implement multi-year electricity rate increases on its customers.

“Strickland is known as a strong supporter of agriculture and has been a vocal advocate for farmers adding solar farms as reliable revenue streams on their property,” the release states.