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The Virginia Clean Economy Act (VCEA) became law just over two months ago. It marks a historic, transformative shift to a focus on clean energy for the commonwealth. Virginia is poised to become a leader in solar, wind and energy efficiency.

But recent action by federal regulators — pushed by gas power plant developers — threatens our ability to forge this path.

Virginia will usher in a 21-member environmental justice council on Wednesday, part of a broad slate of legislation made possible when Democrats flipped the House and Senate in November.

The package of environmental bills taking effect also includes one that puts Virginia in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, joining a coalition of Northeast states trying to curb carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector.

While Arlington continues to confront the coronavirus epidemic, County residents also must prepare for several elections: the Democrats’ May 30 School Board caucus, the Republicans’ June 23 Senate primary, the July 7 County Board special election, and the November 3 general election. Arlingtonians take their civic duty seriously and vote at above-average rates, yet no one can predict exactly when the virus will stop being an immediate threat to our health, when life will go back to “normal,” or whether there will be a second wave of the virus.

Earlier this month, Gov. Ralph Northam signed a historic law: the Virginia Clean Economy Act (VCEA). The biggest step forward in environmental and energy policy in Virginia history, the VCEA passed with bipartisan majorities.

This law makes Virginia one of the top five states in combating climate change, and one of just a handful committed to achieving 100% clean energy by 2045. It will also help Virginians save money on their energy bills and create thousands of jobs.

RICHMOND, Va. (WSET) -- Virginia is working towards using cleaner more efficient energy statewide.

Governor Ralph Northam is accelerating Virginia’s transition to clean energy by signing the Virginia Clean Economy Act and by amending the Clean Energy and Community Flood Preparedness Act that requires Virginia to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

Gov. Ralph Northam has signed the Virginia Clean Economy Act, a sweeping package of measures to boost renewable energy.

The measure, sponsored by Sen. Jennifer McClellan D-Richmond and Del. Rip Sullivan, D-Fairfax, requires that by 2045, all of the energy sold by the state’s electric utilities comes from renewable sources like wind and solar.

Although it has not yet been signed into law by Gov. Ralph Northam, the Virginia Clean Economy Act passed by the General Assembly this March has already spurred changes to the long-term plans of Dominion Energy, the state’s largest electric utility.

A sweeping package of energy reforms meant to usher Virginia toward renewable energy is headed to Gov. Ralph Northam’s desk, even as concerns over the cost to ratepayers linger.

State lawmakers cleared the Virginia Clean Economy Act on Friday, which requires that by 2045, all of the energy sold by the state’s electric utilities comes from renewable sources like wind and solar. The measure is Senate Bill 851.

Before wrapping up its 2020 session, the House of Delegates lauded a century of achievement from an Arlington resident.

The lower house of the legislature saluted Hattie Jones, who turned 100 years old last September and, for the past four decades, has been an institution at Army Navy Country Club, where she works as a greeter and coatroom attendant.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia House and Senate passed sweeping energy legislation Tuesday that would overhaul how Virginia’s utilities generate electricity and, supporters say, move the state from the back of the pack to the forefront of renewable energy policy in the United States.

Critics, though, warned that the legislation, drafted privately by a group that included industry representatives and environmental advocates, strips state regulators of some oversight and leaves ratepayers on the hook for what could be excessive costs.