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Virginia Pushes Energy Policy Reforms Back Another Year

This year, a number of energy-related bills are on the table in Virginia; lawmakers, however, have decided to postpone them until 2017.  This comes as a surprise to many citizens because Virginia is seemingly lagging behind its neighboring states when it comes to making advancements in energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives.  For example, Virginia doesn’t currently have a wind farm as most of its neighboring states do.  And, although it has demonstrated interest in solar power, it hasn’t created significant megawatts yet from the sun’s energy.

Some of the bills that Virginia lawmakers decided to table until 2017, which, once passed, will drive positive environmental outcomes, are:

·         Establishing a tax credit of up to 30 percent for solar thermal systems used to heat water, and heat and cool spaces;

·         Creating the Virginia Energy Consortium, a group that would be devoted to promoting energy research, development, storage, commercialization, manufacturing, and deployment; and

·         Directing the Virginia governor to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, an organization that’s helped to reduce carbon emissions in northeastern and mid-Atlantic states.

These are just a few of the bills that were on the table.  Still, many proponents of the bills remain optimistic that the bills will be passed in 2017, having been pushed back rather than killed entirely.  Read the full story here.

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