Virginia Senate Adopts Clean Economy Act

Virginia Senate Adopts Clean Economy Act

Advanced Energy Economy, a national association of businesses that are focused on making energy secure, clean and affordable, is supportive of the Virginia Senate for passing SB 851, the Virginia Clean Economy Act (VCEA), a bill that puts the state on a directory for 100% clean energy by 2045 while saving customers money and creating thousands of jobs. 

The Senate vote was 22-17 for SB 851, the same bill passed by the House of Delegates.

The bill contains four main objectives:

  • Prioritize investment in the least-cost clean energy resource – energy efficiency – which helps reduce waste and save Virginians money.
  • Harness the power of cost-competitive clean energy resources, like wind, solar and energy storage, to power Virginia’s electricity grid.
  • Steadily reduce Virginia’s reliance on fossil-fired generation, with targets to drive emissions from coal, oil and natural gas plants to zero by 2045.
  • Unlock rooftop solar and let more Virginians take part in Virginia’s clean energy economy by rolling-back unnecessary regulations and increasing the cap on solar power purchase agreements from 50 MW to 1,000 MW.
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“We applaud the Virginia Senate for completing final passage of this historic legislation, which puts Virginia on a path to 100% clean energy by 2045 by transitioning to more energy efficiency, solar and wind energy resources,” says Harry Godfrey, director at Advanced Energy. 

“This is a leap forward in Virginia energy policy. With the passage of this legislation, practically our Commonwealth has committed to a carbon-free future,” he adds.

Photo: Virginia state map

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