Comments from City of Charlottesville
Thank you for this opportunity to provide comment to Governor Northam’s forthcoming Virginia Energy Plan.
The City of Charlottesville has a long history of environmental stewardship and commitments to efficient use of resources and reducing greenhouse emissions through wise energy choices. The City has seen success within its budgets and with emission reductions that can be attributed to effective energy management strategies that include onsite energy conservation and efficiency, renewable energy generation, and benefitting from policies that make our grid supplied energy sources cleaner and tools, vehicles, and equipment more efficient.
Still, much work remains necessary and significant strides in improvement are possible over the coming 10 years. Governor Northam’s Virginia Energy Plan can be a timely catalyst to further economic growth, job growth, savings to consumers, and further reductions in carbon emissions throughout Virginia for the benefit of all.
The City of Charlottesville seconds the comments submitted by the County of Arlington, the City of Blacksburg, and the Virginia Energy Efficiency Council and urges the 2018 Virginia Energy Plan to:
In addition, the City of Charlottesville recommends that the following items be considered for integration in the 2018 Virginia Energy Plan:
Thank you for your time, consideration, and work on this topic. A strong Virginia Energy Plan has the potential to guide Virginia over the next 10 years to being a leader in the nation with significant gains for the public good and demonstrating apt adoption and integration of newer technologies with strong benefits.