The Virginia Clean Economy Act will create the Commonwealth’s first Clean Energy Standard, putting Governor Ralph Northam’s pledge to transition our electric grid to 100% clean energy by 2050 into Virginia law.
This plan will eliminate carbon emissions and invest in clean energy technologies, which will create thousands of jobs and make our power cheaper. Further, it will give all Virginians a personal stake in the advanced energy economy by reducing barriers to energy efficiency programs in every corner of the Commonwealth—including low-income communities.
Put simply, the VCEA is the most ambitious clean energy policy in Virginia’s long history. Here’s why.
73% of Virginians want lawmakers to prioritize the advanced energy investments outlined in the VCEA
Sources: Lake Research Partners
Reducing energy waste through efficiency
Harnessing the power of the wind and sun
Expanding consumer ownership through rooftop solar
Reducing carbon emissions over time to make Virginia free of carbon pollution by 2050
This will be benchmarked, with 73% or more of our electricity coming from clean energy by 2035, achieving the 100% goal by 2050.
These sources include energy efficiency, demand response, onshore/offshore wind, distributed solar and other in-state renewable technologies.
For decades, our statewide energy policies have been outdated, unfair to consumers and slow to adopt innovations. But that changed with the passage of the VCEA. This, combined with the Commonwealth joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), will move us from the back of the pack to a national leader on climate action. This bill will put Virginia in the top five states in reducing carbon emissions, and is one of just a handful of states with a legal commitment to achieve 100% clean energy by 2045.
Write your lawmaker today. Thank them for being ambitious.