A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

Energy Report

Virginia Takes Lead in Efforts to Reduce Carbon

Stepping in where federal action has stalled, in May Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe directed the state Department of Environmental Quality to develop a market-based plan to limit carbon emissions from power plants. Under the new policy, the DEQ will cap emissions in a way that is compatible with existing multi-state cap-and-trade programs.

By putting a price on carbon emissions, this move creates financial incentives for the state’s electric utilities to shift toward low- and zero-carbon energy resources, while providing industries such as wind and solar a competitive advantage.

McAuliffe’s directive concludes a process begun in June 2016 when he signed his Executive Order 57, which established a work group to study the problem and seek input from stakeholders. Appalachian Voices was a stakeholder that provided input to the workgroup.

Republicans in the state legislature have spoken out against this action.

— Elizabeth E. Payne

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2017 — (June/July)

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