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Virginia launches 'Clean Energy Virginia' initiative

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Posted at 11:51 AM, Jul 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-07 11:51:36-04

RICHMOND, Va. - Governor Ralph Northam launches Clean Energy Virginia, a new initiative to drive investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency, powering 100 percent of Virginia’s electricity from carbon-free sources.

“Virginia has a unique opportunity to fundamentally transform the state’s electric grid in a way that powers our COVID-19 economic recovery and drives down harmful carbon pollution,” said Governor Northam. “Our new Clean Energy Virginia initiative builds on the historic progress we achieved during the recent legislative session, helping ensure the Commonwealth remains a national leader in clean energy innovation, creates the jobs of the future, and meets the urgency of the climate, health, and economic challenges we are facing.”

The Clean Energy Virginia initiative expands upon Executive Order Forty-Three and the Virginia Clean Economy Act and other solar, wind, and energy efficiency legislation. These clean energy policies require all carbon emitting sources of electricity to be replaced with new investments in solar, onshore wind, offshore wind, energy efficiency, and battery storage by 2045.

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As part of the new initiative, the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) will launch a five-part webinar series to educate on recent legislation.

The following webinars will take place:

  • Energy Efficiency - July 22
  • Distributed Solar Generation - July 29
  • Energy Storage - August 5
  • Utility-scale Solar and Onshore Wind
  • Offshore Wind - August 19

Fore more details on the Clean Energy Virginia initiative, click here.