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9/16/22  4:03 pm
Commenter: Kathie Hoekstra, Alexandria Environmental Policy Commission Chair

Don’t leave RGGI
Virginia’s Energy Plan needs to keep Virginia on the path to a clean energy future, doing otherwise means you want to condemn future generations to more extreme weather events, poor health, and an unlivable future.  We need to stay in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and defend the Virginia Clean Economy Act and Advanced Clean Car Standards. 
  • RGGI is bringing millions of dollars of investment to Virginia and benefiting our communities right now. The Virginia Energy Plan should focus on how we maintain Virginia's place in RGGI
  • The Virginia Clean Economy Act is the most ambitious climate action plan in the South, and the Energy Plan should make sure that the Commonwealth continues on the path toward meeting all of the critical climate goals in the Act.
  • Electricity prices in RGGI states dropped by almost 6% as they went up by almost 9% throughout the rest of the country. RGGI is saving Virginians’ money and supporting the transition from volatile fossil fuels.
  • RGGI has significantly improved public health by transitioning away from energy generation that pollutes air and water.
  • RGGI has generated $378 million of critical funding to support low-income energy efficiency programs and flood resilience infrastructure in Virginia.  
  • Energy efficiency upgrades are the best way to lower electricity bills, and Virginia’s funds are directed to helping those households most in need.
  • Flood resilience infrastructure protects Virginians against increased flooding and extreme weather events.
  • thank you for the opportunity to comment.


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