VIRGINIA

The EPA reports, “Virginia’s climate is changing. Most of the state has warmed about one degree in the last century, and the sea is rising one to two inches every decade. Higher water levels are eroding beaches, submerging low lands, exacerbating coastal flooding, and increasing the salinity of estuaries and aquifers. The southeastern United States has warmed less than most of the nation. But in the coming decades, the region’s changing climate is likely to reduce crop yields, harm livestock, increase the number of unpleasantly hot days, and increase the risk of heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses”

On March 6, 2020, Virginia’s Clean Economy Act passed, mandating the state’s utilities transition to 100% clean, renewable energy no later than 2050. The bill promises to make the state a leader in offshore wind and energy storage and includes provisions to cap energy bills for low-income households, alleviating energy burdens.

Virginia is one of seven states in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast to have record sweltering heat in July, 2020. Records date back to 1895.

Virginia is one of twenty five states committed to the U.S. Climate Alliance, which is working to implement policies that advance the goals of the Paris Agreement.

PLANS TO ACCELERATE RENEWABLES

Appalachian Power contract with public authority customers to include renewable energy programs, other new services

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Appalachian Power contract with public authority customers to include renewable energy programs, other new services

By Chris Galford 06/22/21
Finalization of a new four-year contract between Appalachian Power and public authority customers, including schools and governments, was reached last week, ensuring access to renewable energy programs and other new services in Virginia.

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