Editor, Did you know the Virginia General Assembly is considering legislation to transition Virginia to100 percent clean renewable energy by 2035? It’s HB 1635. While the climate benefits of replacing fossil fuels with clean energy are obvious, the job creation benefits of this bill are just as important.
Today, clean renewable energy generated electricity is cost competitive with dirty fossil fuels. Advances in battery storage exceed predictions. Even Dominion Power’s current Virginia Integrated Resource Plan states that solar generated electricity is cost competitive with traditional (fossil fuel) generation.
Taking bold steps for clean renewable energy will accelerate growth of Virginia’s high paying clean energy workforce made up of builders, installers, maintenance staff, engineers, sales people. According to the Department of Energy, even with Virginia’s modest investment today in clean energy, there are already twice as many people employed in the renewable energy industry than in fossil fuels. The potential for clean energy job growth is real.
Bold steps for clean renewable energy are in HB 1635 Fossil fuel projects moratorium; clean energy mandates, introduced by Del. Sam Rasoul. It will create, according to the 100% Solution Project, http://thesolutionsproject.org/why-clean-energy/#/map/states/location/VA, over 150,000 jobs with 40 year consecutive employment. Del. Rasoul’s bill will be up for vote on Monday, Jan. 28.
It is clear. Clean energy is the future. Will the Virginia General Assembly choose clean energy and good jobs? Or will Virgiia sit on the sidelines and let our state’s economy fall behind? Contact your legislator now, https://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov/, urging support of HB 1635, http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?191+sum+HB1635
Natalie Pien, Leesburg