The message to Senators and Delegates: The advanced energy industry already employs over 93,000 people across Virginia, and the General Assembly’s new policies, including the VCEA, RGGI and Clean Cars standards, set the Commonwealth up for continued job growth
RICHMOND, January 28, 2022 — In an open letter to the members of the Virginia General Assembly, business leaders from across the advanced energy industry are calling on state Senators and Delegates to stay the course on creating a clean energy future for the Commonwealth. The call to action was organized by Virginia Advanced Energy Economy (Virginia AEE), in partnership with its affiliate organization Advanced Energy Works, which published the open letter online and in a full page ad in the Richmond Times-Dispatch on Friday.
“Over the past four years, the General Assembly has enacted important policies to attract and grow our industry,” reads the letter signed by 25 businesses involved in a diversity of advanced energy sectors in Virginia. “Thanks to those policies, we are investing in the Commonwealth more now than ever before, creating good jobs, generating local tax dollars, and helping Virginia families cut costs. Virginians are already seeing the benefits of our investments, from new offshore wind jobs in Hampton Roads and solar facilities in Southwest, to residential energy efficiency projects throughout the Commonwealth and electric vehicle chargers along Virginia highways.”
The letter identifies three policies in particular that have put Virginia on a path towards a reliable, affordable and clean energy future: The Virginia Clean Economy Act (VCEA), the Advanced Clean Cars standards, and participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).
Learn more about Virginia AEE at VirginiaAdvancedEnergy.org.