Virginia Advances Climate Action, Must Address Energy Efficiency

WASHINGTON - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is slated to soon sign the “Virginia Clean Economy Act,” a bill approved by the General Assembly that will significantly expand renewable energy and address climate change.

Following is a statement from Walton Shepherd, Virginia policy director in the Climate and Clean Energy program at the Natural Resources Defense Council:

“The Virginia Clean Economy Act marks an historic advance in zeroing out power plant carbon pollution by 2050, protecting Virginians’ health and livelihood from climate change. But the work’s not done because Dominion Energy succeeded in watering down crucial energy efficiency provisions that would have lowered electric bills and created thousands of local jobs.

“We look forward to strengthening this otherwise far-sighted package soon, to deliver the low-cost climate action all Virginians deserve.”



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