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Energy News Network: Q&A: Advanced energy advocate says Virginia governor's plan 'falls short'

Posted by Elizabeth McGowan on Oct 28, 2022

Energy News Network interviewed Kim Jemaine on Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin's new energy plan. Read snippets below and the full article here

Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin caused a stir early this month when he released an Energy Plan that doesn’t mention climate change in its 35 pages, an about-face from the carbon emissions-cutting pillars initiated by his Democratic predecessor.

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Topics: Virginia, AEE In The News, Kim Jemaine

RTO Insider: Gov. Youngkin Releases 2022 Energy Plan

Posted by Devin Leith-Yessian on Oct 4, 2022

RTO Insider examined Virginia's new energy plan, quoting Kim Jemaine on how it stifles the governor's goal of reliability, affordability, innovation, and competition. Read snippets below and the full article here

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) on Monday released an energy plan that focuses on developing still-untested carbon-free resources while calling into question the ability of current renewable technology to make up for lost capacity as the state shifts away from fossil fuels.

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Topics: State Policy, Virginia, AEE In The News, Kim Jemaine

The Virginia Pilot: Youngkin describes his new energy plan as a flexible approach, but critics call it misguided

Posted by Katie King on Oct 3, 2022

The Virginia Pilot detailed Gov. Glenn Youngkin's new energy plan, quoting Kim Jemaine on how it takes the Commonwealth off course. Read snippets below and the full article here.

Gov. Glenn Youngkin unveiled a new energy plan on Monday that he said calls for a flexible approach.

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Topics: State Policy, Virginia, AEE In The News, Kim Jemaine

Loudoun Times Mirror: Virginia Governor seeks reliable power supply to meet future energy needs

Posted by Amena H. Saiyid on Oct 3, 2022

Loudoun Times Mirror detailed Virginia's new Energy Plan, quoting AEE's Kim Jemaine on how the updates run counter to the Governor's stated goals. Read snippets below and the full article here.

Virginia Governor Glen Youngkin is not ruling out any energy source including fossil fuels in his quest to provide the Commonwealth with a reliable and affordable supply of clean power. Instead, he is placing the Commonwealth’s energy future on a path towards more nuclear and natural gas generation as opposed to wind and solar.

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Topics: State Policy, Virginia, AEE In The News

Business association Virginia AEE sets record straight on Clean Economy Act and Governor's new Energy Plan

Posted by Adam Winer on Oct 3, 2022

Plan calls for U-turn away from cleaner, cheaper energy future in Virginia, says business group

RICHMOND, VA, October 3, 2022 – Today, business association Virginia Advanced Energy Economy reviewed the new Energy Plan proposed by the Governor Youngkin Administration, and Kim Jemaine, Director at Virginia AEE, released the following statement:

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Topics: State Policy, Virginia, Press Releases, Kim Jemaine

Virginia AEE celebrates approval of offshore wind project expected to spur thousands of new jobs

Posted by Cayli Baker on Aug 5, 2022

The project is set to be the largest offshore wind farm in America and could cement Virginia as the nation’s leading wind power hub 

RICHMOND, August 5, 2022 — Business association Virginia Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) applauded  today’s State Corporation Commission decision greenlighting construction of the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) project 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach. The project is set to be the largest offshore wind farm in North America and follows the landmark 2020 Virginia Clean Economy Act (VCEA), which included specific provisions to encourage the development of offshore wind, helping Virginia’s largest utility go 100% clean by 2045. 

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Topics: Virginia, Press Releases, Harrison Godfrey

Virginia Business: SCC approves Dominion’s $9.8B offshore wind farm

Posted by Courtney Mabeus and Robyn Sidersky on Aug 5, 2022

Virginia Business reported on the SCC's approval of Virginia's offshore wind farm, quoting AEE's Harry Godfrey the project's economic impact. Read snippets below and the full article here.

The State Corporation Commission has approved Dominion Energy Inc.’s application for the proposed $9.8 billion Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Project (CVOW), which calls for the construction of 176 wind turbines 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach.

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Topics: Virginia, AEE In The News, Manufacturing and Infrastructure, Harrison Godfrey

Youngkin Administration fails to ease new burdensome regulations on solar industry

Posted by Adam Winer on Jul 13, 2022

Treating solar panels like pavement creates unnecessary project costs, new industry research paper shows

RICHMOND, July 13, 2022 — Business association Virginia Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) expressed disappointment about new regulatory guidance issued by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today that fails to alleviate unnecessary regulatory burdens on the Virginia solar industry.

The guidance updates regulatory memos issued by Virginia’s DEQ in March that changed technical parameters of solar farm construction and maintenance. The DEQ memos claimed that because solar farms look similar to roads and parking lots on satellite imagery, solar farms should be regulated as such. Guidance released today outlined means for compliance, suggesting developers install unnecessary technology workarounds.

“Solar panels are not pavement, and solar farms are not parking lots,” said Kim Jemaine, Policy Director at Advanced Energy Economy (AEE). “Research conducted by both academic institutions and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory confirms that solar installations do not cause the kind of damaging runoff that paved surfaces do. These new regulations, which are not based on science, will hamstring a growing industry in Virginia for no valid reason.”

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Topics: State Policy, Virginia, Press Releases, Kim Jemaine

Report: Virginia Clean Economy Act will cut average electric bill by over $30 per year in 2030

Posted by Adam Winer on Feb 8, 2022

New report commissioned by Virginia AEE finds overall cost savings from decarbonizing Virginia’s electric grid over the next 25 years

RICHMOND, February 8, 2022 – Virginia Advanced Energy Economy (Virginia AEE) today released the findings of a new report that quantifies the costs and benefits of 2020’s Virginia Clean Economy Act (VCEA), and found the law will lead to a reduction of electric bills for the average Virginia household by $33.76 per year by 2030.

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Topics: State Policy, Virginia, Press Releases, Legislative, Harrison Godfrey

Clean energy businesses call on Virginia General Assembly to stay the course on building a reliable, affordable and clean energy future for the Commonwealth

Posted by Adam Winer on Jan 28, 2022

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.  

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Topics: State Policy, Virginia, Press Releases, Harrison Godfrey