Tell the Governor: VA wants clean energy now

Right now the Northam administration is developing its Virginia Energy Plan, a roadmap for the commonwealth’s energy policy over the next decade. We need to ensure Virginia’s economy is built on energy efficiency, solar power and smart storage solutions instead of more fracked gas pipelines. Now is the time to tell Governor Northam that we support investments in clean energy!

There are five upcoming public listening sessions where you can ask questions and tell the administration that we should work to replace an outdated, fossil-fuel based economy with a sustainable, clean energy economy:

The administration is specifically seeking input on policies affecting solar power, offshore wind power, energy storage, electric vehicles, and energy efficiency, but you should feel free to weigh in on all energy issues. For details and meeting materials, visit the Virginia Energy Plan website.

In particular, it is important to tell the Governor:

  • Eliminate barriers to customer-owned and third-party financed solar power

  • Encourage customer-owned battery storage

  • Develop pumped hydroelectric storage facilities to store wind and solar power — NOT fossil fuel generation — and construct them on brownfields, not greenfields

  • Require utilities and regulators to work harder to reduce retail electricity consumption 10% by 2020

  • Place a moratorium on new fracked gas pipelines because existing infrastructure can already meet our energy needs

  • Eliminate the $20 million mining pool bond cap, so that funds will be there to clean up land previously mined for coal.

This is an important opportunity to tell Governor Northam that Virginians want energy policies that work for the customer: policies that encourage conservation, zero-emission electricity production, and lower customer bills.

Cannot attend one of the public listening sessions? You may still submit written comments through August 24, 2018.

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