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Regulation for Emissions Trading [9 VAC 5 ‑ 140]
Action Reduce and Cap Carbon Dioxide from Fossil Fuel Fired Electric Power Generating Facilities (Rev. C17)
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Comment Period Ends 4/9/2018
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1/11/18  11:22 am
Commenter: Deborah Lawrence

Regulation for Emissions Trading [9 VAC 5 ? 140]
 

I am in favor of implementing state-wide policies that provide for a cap on carbon emissions.  I would prefer an economy-wide cap, but I am happy to support a cap for the electricity sector as a first step. Limiting carbon emissions sends a signal that we are serious about combatting climate change and serious about being part of the clean energy economy. Virginia must not be left behind. This is a great opportunity to do the right thing for present and future generations, both here in the commonwealth and across the world.


1/13/18  9:23 pm
Commenter: Michael Kerley

BioMass Issues
 

We have to do somthing about the biomass wood burning power plants. They release benzene, formaldehyde and twice as much CO2 when compared to coal. Recently many coal plants have been switching to biomass. We must attack both Coal and Biomass equaly and not just trade one problem for another!


1/29/18  9:06 pm
Commenter: Liz Keyes

Reduce Carbon Emissions
 
I am in favor of regulations that will reduce carbon emissions. Virginia needs to join other states that are taking more aggressive steps to tackle climate change.

2/13/18  9:13 am
Commenter: Daphne Raz

Carbon emissions comment period
 

I request that DEQ use it's authority to adopt and implement a final standard that caps or reduces carbon pollution as rapidly as possible, beginning as soon as possible. The 2020 base year should be less that 33 million tons. Please include 1.Carbon pollution from biomass, 2. Set the expection of continued reduction in Virginia after 2030, and 3. Monitor implementation to ensure fairness to communities. Fouling our planet and making it uninhabitable so that Dominion and other businesses can reward their shareholders is irresponsible government.


2/23/18  12:50 pm
Commenter: Michael P Kerley

glider trucks
 

Outlawing glider trucks would be a big step in reducing emmissions and air pollution.

A glider truck releases 40 somthing times more nitrogen oxide than a regular truck. 


3/2/18  1:55 pm
Commenter: Teresa McCartney

Clean Energy Virginia Initiative
 

'I'm writing today to voice my support of a regulation in Virginia that cuts carbon pollution from power plants and allows us to trade carbon allowances with other states.

With no help coming from the federal level in addressing climate change, it’s up to states like Virginia to act. By cutting carbon emissions in Virginia, we have the opportunity to protect public health and safety while also creating jobs in the carbon-neutral renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors.

And because we’re joining up with a coalition of other states with carbon caps, action we take here in Virginia is greater than the sum of its parts.

I urge you to proceed with a strong regulation that shows Virginia is a leader in addressing climate change and takes its responsibility seriously.'


3/2/18  2:08 pm
Commenter: Katy Rugg, Petal Palate LLC

The Time is NOW for clean energy in Virginia
 

I will be working the first day of a new job on March 19th, or I would be there in person at the Richmond, VA Hearing, to register my support for the Clean Energy Virginia Initiative (or Executive Directive 11).  As a small business owner, and homeowner, who has nieces and nephews that will inherit our natural heritage - I am committed to a clean energy future for my business, my family, our Commonwealth, and the planet.  We can live in better harmony with the natural world, and in so doing, help to preserve and ensure a thriving future for ourselves, alongside all other life.

Humans have evolved close to the natural world, and indeed we need it to be healthy and vibrant, for our own well-being and to build a future that is sustainable as well as prosperous.

We cannot afford to continue to use energy sources that have documented ill affects to our health and that of our children.  Please support this important and forward-thinking Initiative.

Thank you.

-  Katy Rugg, Owner, Petal Palate, LLC.


3/2/18  2:11 pm
Commenter: Katy Rugg, Petal Palate LLC

Cutting Carbon Pollution from Power Plants
 

Dear Karen G. Sabasteanski,

I write today to voice my support of a regulation in Virginia that cuts carbon pollution from power plants and allows us to trade carbon allowances with other states.

With no help coming from the federal level in addressing climate change, it’s up to states like Virginia to act. By cutting carbon emissions in Virginia, we have the opportunity to protect public health and safety while also creating jobs in the carbon-neutral renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors.

And because we’re joining up with a coalition of other states with carbon caps, action we take here in Virginia is greater than the sum of its parts.

I urge you to proceed with a strong regulation that shows Virginia is a leader in addressing climate change and takes its responsibility seriously.

Katy Rugg.  Owner, Petal Palate, LLC


3/2/18  2:21 pm
Commenter: Jean Marie VanWinkle

Climate Stewardship
 

I'm writing today to voice my support of a regulation in Virginia that cuts carbon pollution from power plants and allows us to trade carbon allowances with other states.

With no help coming from the federal level in addressing climate change, it’s up to states like Virginia to act. By cutting carbon emissions in Virginia, we have the opportunity to protect public health and safety while also creating jobs in the carbon-neutral renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors.

And because we’re joining up with a coalition of other states with carbon caps, action we take here in Virginia is greater than the sum of its parts.

I urge you to proceed with a strong regulation that shows Virginia is a leader in addressing climate change and takes its responsibility seriously.


3/2/18  2:26 pm
Commenter: Ben Thomas

Say YES to CLEAN energy!
 

I'm writing today to voice my support of a regulation in Virginia that cuts carbon pollution from power plants and allows us to trade carbon allowances with other states.

With no help coming from the federal level in addressing climate change, it’s up to states like Virginia to act. By cutting carbon emissions in Virginia, we have the opportunity to protect public health and safety while also creating jobs in the carbon-neutral renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors.

And because we’re joining up with a coalition of other states with carbon caps, action we take here in Virginia is greater than the sum of its parts.

I urge you to proceed with a strong regulation that shows Virginia is a leader in addressing climate change and takes its responsibility seriously.'


3/2/18  3:04 pm
Commenter: Steven Vogel

Clean Energy Virginia Initiative, commonly referred to as Executive Directive 11
 

I am writing today to voice my support of a regulation in Virginia that cuts carbon pollution from power plants and allows us to trade carbon allowances with other states.

With no help coming from the Federal level in addressing climate change--in sad fact, just the opposite since January 2017--it is up to states like Virginia to act.  By cutting carbon emissions in Virginia, we have the opportunity to protect public health and safety while also creating jobs in the carbon-neutral renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors.

And because we are joining up with a coalition of other states with carbon caps, action we take here in Virginia is greater than the sum of its parts.

Burning fossil fuels has left a toxic legacy of pollution across Virginia's land, air ,and water.  Reducing carbon emissions from power plants and incentivizing renewable energy will lower electric bills, create jobs, improve air quality, improve public health, and protect and preserve Virginia's environment.

I have a serious personal interest in all of this.  I am a senior citizen being treated for asthma for more than 20 years.  The predominant pollutant here in Falls Church, in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. is “particulates,” including soot, smog, oil smoke, and fly ash, primarily from power plants burning fossil fuels.  Virginia acting now to reduce carbon pollution from power plants will not only affect our microclimate positively, it will prolong my life.

I urge you to please proceed with a strong regulation that shows Virginia is a leader in addressing climate change and takes its responsibility seriously.

Sincerely yours in conservation,


3/2/18  4:06 pm
Commenter: John Fitzpatrick

the Clean Energy Virginia Initiative
 

Like many others, I'm in support of a regulation in Virginia that cuts carbon pollution from power plants and allows us to trade carbon allowances with other states.

Burning fossil fuels has left a toxic legacy of pollution across Virginia's land, air and water. Reducing carbon emissions from power plants and incentivizing renewable energy will lower electric bills, create jobs, improve air quality, improve public health and protect and preserve Virginia's environment.

By cutting carbon emissions in Virginia, we have the opportunity to protect public health and safety while also creating jobs in the carbon-neutral renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors.

And because we’re joining up with a coalition of other states with carbon caps, the actions we take here in Virginia is greater than the sum of its parts.

I strongly encourage you to proceed with a strong regulation that shows Virginia is a leader in addressing climate change and takes its responsibility seriously.


3/2/18  4:07 pm
Commenter: jonathan falin

#protect the clean power plan
 

i wont you all to #protect the clean power plan here in virgina clean power plan is inportent  becouse im elergric to coal that the power plants use they are plutting the air water an it needs to stop now  i wont scott county on clean energy for footer generations to come an all other states in virgina please invest in clean energy reduse carbon plution please #protect the clean power plan clean water clean air here in virgina thanks

 

also i have a suggestion too i read online that some coal power plants use clean energy called burketts they use for stoves cleap too clean energy maby some coal power plants can use this too to help reduse carbin plution too insted of using alot of coal i wont to put in suggestion for other states that dont wont to use solar wind

 

here in virgina we wont on clean energy solar wind power #protect the clean power plan reduise carbin polution reduse eletric bills save people money on enegy cost


3/2/18  4:08 pm
Commenter: Susan Miller MD

ED 11
 

I am writing to strongly support the direction of ED 11 allowing VA to enter into carbon cap and trade agreements. I support VA fully particpating in RGGI.  As a physician, I am increasingly aware of the ill effects of climate change on my patients including increasing heat illness, new serious vector born disease and increasing rates of allergies and asthma.  As a mother, I am worried about the earth we hand on to our grandchildren.  As a citizen, I have been working to decrease my carbon footprint for 30 years.  It is time for my government to support me in improving our future.  


3/2/18  5:13 pm
Commenter: Jeff Hollar

Clean Energy Virginia Initiative
 

.Dear Ms. Karen G. Sabasteanski,

I'm writing today to voice my support of a regulation in Virginia that cuts carbon pollution from power plants and allows us to trade carbon allowances with other states.

With no help coming from the federal level in addressing climate change, it’s up to states like Virginia to act. By cutting carbon emissions in Virginia, we have the opportunity to protect public health and safety while also creating jobs in the carbon-neutral renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors.

And because we’re joining up with a coalition of other states with carbon caps, action we take here in Virginia is greater than the sum of its parts.

I urge you to proceed with a strong regulation that shows Virginia is a leader in addressing climate change and takes its responsibility seriously.

Sincerely, Jeff Hollar


3/2/18  5:14 pm
Commenter: Ken Gigliello

Clean Energy Virginia Initiative Referred to as Executive Directive 11.
 

I'm writing today to voice my support of a regulation in Virginia that cuts carbon pollution from power plants and allows us to trade carbon allowances with other states.

With no help coming from the federal level in addressing climate change, it’s up to states like Virginia to act. By cutting carbon emissions in Virginia, we have the opportunity to protect public health and safety while also creating jobs in the carbon-neutral renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors.

And because we’re joining up with a coalition of other states with carbon caps, action we take here in Virginia is greater than the sum of its parts.

I urge you to proceed with a strong regulation that shows Virginia is a leader in addressing climate change and takes its responsibility seriously.'


Burning fossil fuels has left a toxic legacy of pollution across Virginia's land, air and water. Reducing carbon emissions from power plants and incentivizing renewable energy will lower electric bills, create jobs, improve air quality, improve public health and protect and preserve Virginia's environment.

 


3/2/18  5:44 pm
Commenter: Stacey Campbell

I highly support the Clean Energy Virginia Initiative, Executive Directive 1
 

I would like to express my full support of Virginia's initiative to cut carbon pollution from power plants and invest in clean energy.  I think this is necessary, and will lead to innovative new jobs.


3/2/18  6:59 pm
Commenter: David Latané

Executive Directive 11
 

I strongly believe that it is time to enforce regulations to cut carbon pollution from power plants.

When President Trump, the most scientifically uninformed President in history, withdrew from the Paris Climate Accords, I did my bit by installing solar panels on the house. It's up for individuals and states to act--we have will have no help from the federal government.

The company that installed our panels is a job creator--good jobs. We can protect the environment and public health by reducing carbon emissions, and also stimulate Virginia's economy.

Please consider strong legislation to make Virginia a leader in this crucial area.


3/2/18  8:56 pm
Commenter: Vonda Vandaveer

the Clean Energy Virginia Initiative
 

Virginia must step up and join other forward looking states and cut carbon pollution from power plants and allow us to trade carbon allowances with other states.

Burning fossil fuels has left a toxic legacy of pollution across Virginia's land, air and water. Reducing carbon emissions from power plants and incentivizing renewable energy will lower electric bills, create jobs, improve air quality, improve public health and protect and preserve Virginia's environment.

With no help coming from the federal level in addressing climate change, it’s up to states like Virginia to act. Moreover, because we’re joining up with a coalition of other states with carbon caps, action we take here in Virginia is greater than the sum of its parts.

I urge you to proceed with a strong regulation that shows Virginia is a leader in addressing climate change and protecting our health, and takes its responsibility seriously.

 


3/2/18  9:41 pm
Commenter: Mary L Burke

Clean Energy Virginia Initiative
 

'I'm writing today to voice my support of a regulation in Virginia that cuts carbon pollution from power plants and allows us to trade carbon allowances with other states.

With no help coming from the federal level in addressing climate change, it’s up to states like Virginia to act. By cutting carbon emissions in Virginia, we have the opportunity to protect public health and safety while also creating jobs in the carbon-neutral renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors.

And because we’re joining up with a coalition of other states with carbon caps, action we take here in Virginia is greater than the sum of its parts.

I urge you to proceed with a strong regulation that shows Virginia is a leader in addressing climate change and takes its responsibility seriously.'


3/2/18  9:51 pm
Commenter: Katherine A. Wood

Let's leave a clean environment to our youth
 

I support a regulation in Virginia cutting carbon pollution from power plants and making it possilbe for us to trade carbon allowances with other states. Let's leave a clean environment to our youth, protecting everyone's health and safety, and leaving a legacy of clean air and water for all to enjoy.


3/2/18  10:08 pm
Commenter: Angie Smith

Clean Energy Virginia
 

'I'm writing today to voice my support of a regulation in Virginia that cuts carbon pollution from power plants and allows us to trade carbon allowances with other states.

With no help coming from the federal level in addressing climate change, it’s up to states like Virginia to act. By cutting carbon emissions in Virginia, we have the opportunity to protect public health and safety while also creating jobs in the carbon-neutral renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors.

And because we’re joining up with a coalition of other states with carbon caps, action we take here in Virginia is greater than the sum of its parts.

I urge you to proceed with a strong regulation that shows Virginia is a leader in addressing climate change and takes its responsibility seriously.'


3/2/18  10:33 pm
Commenter: Alyssa Freeman

we need clean energy
 

I am in favor of Governor Northam's plan to cut Carbon emissions.

 

Alyssa Freeman1241 #B7 Gskins Rd

Henrico, VA 23238

 


3/3/18  7:48 am
Commenter: Sam Zarovy

The Clean Energy Virginia Initiative
 

I'm writing today to voice my support of a regulation in Virginia that cuts carbon pollution from power plants and allows us to trade carbon allowances with other states.

With no help coming from the federal level in addressing climate change, it’s up to states like Virgina to act. By cutting carbon emissions in Virginia, we have the opportunity to protect public health and safety while also creating jobs in the carbon-neutral renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors.

And because we’re joining up with a coalition of other states with carbon caps, action we take here in Virginia is greater than the sum of its parts.

I urge you to proceed with a strong regulation that shows Virginia is a leader in addressing climate change and takes its responsibility seriously.


3/3/18  11:35 am
Commenter: Robert Biersack

ED 11 - Virginia's Clean Energy Initiative
 

Climate change is the most critical long-term threat to the economic and social health of Virginians, and we have seen that action at the state level can lead to meaningful reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

Effective, market-based solutions require a way to “price” carbon emissions and to increase the cost of those pollutants over time.

I support setting the strongest possible standard to cut Virginia emissions from power plants through participation in a carbon market. This is a critically important step toward carbon pollution reductions.

I request that DEQ use its authority to adopt and implement a final standard that:

• Caps and reduces carbon pollution as rapidly as possible, beginning as soon as possible. The 2020 base year emissions cap should be between 30 and 32 million tons.

• Covers carbon pollution from biomass facilities, which can be more climate polluting than fossil fuel power plants.

• Sets the expectation of continued annual carbon pollution reductions in Virginia after 2030.

• Closely monitors implementation in order to respond to instances of disproportionate environmental burdens experienced by any communities, particularly low-income and vulnerable communities that have traditionally borne the brunt of pollution.

We know that these actions will work, and we have a responsibility to future generations to implement them as quickly as possible.

 


3/3/18  1:57 pm
Commenter: Robert Wadsworth

Clean Energy Virginia Initiative (Executive Directive 11)
 

I'm writing today to voice my support of a Executive Directive 11, the Clean Energy Virginia Initiative, as a means of cutting carbon pollution from power plants and allowing us to trade carbon allowances with other states.

In light of the current Federal administration's denial of climate change and steps to reverse environmental regulations, it’s up to states like Virginia to act. By cutting carbon emissions in Virginia, we have the opportunity to protect public health and safety and preserve a viable environment for future generations while also creating jobs in the carbon-neutral renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors.

And because we’re joining up with a coalition of other states with carbon caps, action we take here in Virginia is greater than the sum of its parts.  The effectiveness of this approach to climate action has been demonstrated in the northeastern states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

I urge you to proceed with strong regulation showing that Virginia is a leader in addressing climate change.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.


3/3/18  2:29 pm
Commenter: David Campbell

Clean Energy Virginia Initiative
 

I'm writing to express my strong support of the Clean Energy Virginia Initiative (Executive Directive 11) that cuts carbon pollution from power plants and allows us to trade carbon allowances with other states.

The federal government has abandoned global leadership on addressing climate change, so Virginia must take action. Hampton Roads (where I live and work) is one of the most vulnerable areas in the country to sea level rise.

By cutting carbon emissions in Virginia, we have the opportunity to reduce pollution, protect public health, and create jobs in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

I urge you to develop a strong regulation that shows Virginia is a national leader in addressing climate change.


3/3/18  5:09 pm
Commenter: Michael Lenardson

Clean Energy is Our Future
 

I'm writing today to voice my support of a regulation in Virginia that cuts carbon pollution from power plants and allows us to trade carbon allowances with other states.

With no help coming from the federal level in addressing climate change, it’s up to states like Virginia to act. By cutting carbon emissions in Virginia, we have the opportunity to protect public health and safety while also creating jobs in the carbon-neutral renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors.

And because we’re joining up with a coalition of other states with carbon caps, the action we take here in Virginia is greater than the sum of its parts.

I urge you to proceed with a strong regulation that shows Virginia is a leader in addressing climate change and takes its responsibility seriously.


3/3/18  5:39 pm
Commenter: Mark Stevens

Clean Energy Initiative
 

Unfortunately, we here in Virginia are behind other states, chiefly because of the power Dominion yields in the law making process. With Dominion still heavily vested in natural gas, it will take regulation to move us away from this.

Because a carbon tax is a market based approach, I support it as the best option.

Thank you, Mark.


3/4/18  10:29 am
Commenter: Greg Singleton

Clean Energy Virginia Initiative, aka Executive Directive 11
 

TDear Karen G. Sabasteanski,

I'm writing today to voice my support of a regulation in Virginia that cuts carbon pollution from power plants and allows us to trade carbon allowances with other states.

With no help coming from the federal level in addressing climate change, it’s up to states like Virginia to act. By cutting carbon emissions in Virginia, we have the opportunity to protect public health and safety while also creating jobs in the carbon-neutral renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors.

And because we’re joining up with a coalition of other states with carbon caps, action we take here in Virginia is greater than the sum of its parts.

I urge you to proceed with a strong regulation that shows Virginia is a leader in addressing climate change and takes its responsibility seriously.

Thank you giving serious consideration to my recommendation,

Greg Singleton, Springfield, VA resident

 


3/4/18  4:43 pm
Commenter: James H. Williams

Clean Energy Virginia Initiative
 

Karen G. Sabasteanski

I'm writing today to voice my support of Executive Directive 11 in VIrginia that cuts carbon pollution from power plants and allows us to trade carbon allowances with other states.

With no help coming from the federal level in addressing climate change, it’s up to states like Virginia to act. By cutting carbon emissions in Virginia, we have the opportunity to protect public health and safety while also creating jobs in the carbon-neutral renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors.

And because we’re joining up with a coalition of other states with carbon caps, action we take here in Virginia is greater than the sum of its parts.

I urge you to proceed with a strong regulation that shows Virginia is a leader in addressing climate change and takes its responsibility seriously.

Sincerely,

James H. Williams


3/5/18  11:11 am
Commenter: Alleyn Harned, Virginia Clean Cities

Support greenhouse gas plan, address transportation
 

Regulation of carbon emissions is critically important for the commonwealth of Virginia, a coastal state with a wide distribution of energy sources that can be used to generate electricity and other energies. Virginia clean cities serves as the commonwealth alternative fuel vehicle coalition, working with governments at state, regional, local, and federal level with businesses and vehicle operators with an effort to reduce greenhouse gas admissions in transportation.

While Virginia Clean Cities recognizes the truth that Virginia's largest source of carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases is the transportation sector, we recognize the value of reviewing our existing electricity portfolio and working towards cleaner sources of domestic fuels in and other greenhouse gas producing efforts. Virginia Clean Cities strongly supports involvement in regional greenhouse gas programs such as RGGI.  Many states that are involved in RGGI have additionally advanced transportation projects to mitigate the significant greenhouse gases from transportation. 

Virginia Clean Cities include electric vehicles in our portfolio, as well as hydrogen, ethanol and natural gas vehicles all utilizing electricity from the grid in some manner.  Hydrogen is energy storage, ethanol uses electricity to process grains into alcohols, and natural gas uses electricity in heavy duty compressors to increase fuel pressures up to automotive grade.  By improving the greenhouse footprint of Virginia's grid, we can further reduce the admissions in these cleaner domestic fuels.  Further, by using cleaner domestic fuels such as biomass, natural gas, or renewable energy for Virginia's electricity, we can benefit our economy and move Virginia forward. 


3/5/18  11:42 am
Commenter: Allison Love

Executive Directive 11: Clean Energy Virginia Initiative
 

Dear Karen G. Sabasteanski,

I'm writing today to voice my strong and steadfast support of the Clean Energy Initiative, otherwise known as Executive Directive 11 that cuts carbon pollution from power plants and allows us to trade carbon allowances with other states.

Since it is clear that there is no interest whatsoever from the federal level to address climate change, it’s up to Virginia, and all other states, to do the right thing. If we cut carbon emissions in Virginia, we protect public health and safety while at the same time creating jobs in the carbon-neutral renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors!  This is a win-win.

Another huge plus is that because we’re joining up with a coalition of other states with carbon caps, action we take here in Virginia is greater than the sum of its parts.

I urge you to proceed with a strong regulation that shows Virginia is a leader in addressing climate change and takes its responsibility seriously. Burning fossil fuels has left a toxic legacy of pollution across the lovely state of Virginia's land, air and water. Reducing carbon emissions from power plants and incentivizing renewable energy will lower electric bills, create jobs, improve air quality, improve public health and protect and preserve Virginia's environment.  These are all good things for Virginia residents, workers and the planet.  We must invest in a clean energy future for Virginia.  This is the perfect place to start.

Thank you for your time.



3/5/18  1:40 pm
Commenter: Alek Williams

Clean Energy Virginia Initiative-Executive Directive 11
 

To Karen G. Sabasteanski,

I'm writing today to voice my support of a regulation in Virginia that cuts carbon pollution from power plants and allows us to trade carbon allowances with other states.

I've lived in Virginia for over a year now and have fallen in love with it's natural beauty. We need to protect it at all costs and this is one way we can protect our water and air. We can become a leader in the country, cut carbon pollution, and create new clean jobs. 

Please support and implement this law so that we can clean up Virginia's air and protect our planet from climate change. As a Virginia resident, I demand it. 

Thank you,

Alek Williams


3/7/18  11:11 am
Commenter: Gary Cothran

Recognize biogenic carbon emissions as carbon neutral
 
  • the Commonwealth of Virginia should not join RGGI;
  • the DEQ should maintain the current exemption for industrial boilers; and
  • biogenic carbon emissions should be recognized as carbon neutral irrespective of whether other fuels also are co-fired. 

 


3/7/18  12:00 pm
Commenter: Lucia S. King

Help Citizens and Industries Reduce Emissions as Much as Possible
 

I support the efforts in the proposed regulation for reduction of CO2 emissions and hope that the DEQ will maximize the level of emissions cuts. The citizens of Virginia and the U.S. need to do everything possible before it is too late to conserve energy, invest in renewable energy resources, and protect the environment for future generations.  It is heartening to see an initiative which joins other states in trying to address the climate change problem.


3/7/18  6:07 pm
Commenter: Karen Shaffer

I support the Clean Energy Initiative
 

Hello DEQ,

As a resident of far southwest Virginia, I appreciate the opportunity to voice my support for the proposed Virginia Clean Energy Initiative. The air pollution from power plants has drastically reduced the quality of life for many residents and I am proud to see the State of Virginia taking action.

I would like to see the base budget for 2020 be 34 million tons and think it is doable. Exemptions should not be made for individual facilities as people work there, people live around there, and the pollution is still significant. We need a sweeping, conscientious action to reduce pollution all over VA. Perhaps smaller businesses need tax relief for their efforts, or better incentives to switch to clean energy. The job creation alone with energy efficiency industries is a huge bonus.

The cost of the proposal is a very, very bleak future if we don't do it. I am very happy Virginia is stepping into the lead with this Clean Energy Initiative to cut carbon pollution.

Sincerely,

Karen Shaffer, Bristol, VA


3/7/18  9:14 pm
Commenter: Merry Jennings

Virginia’s Clean Energy Initiative
 

I support setting the strongest possible standard to cut Virginia emissions from power plants through participation in a carbon market. This is a critically important step toward carbon pollution reductions. I request that DEQ use its authority to adopt and implement a final standard that: • Caps and reduces carbon pollution as rapidly as possible, beginning as soon as possible. The 2020 base year emissions cap should be between 30 and 32 million tons. • Covers carbon pollution from biomass facilities, which can be more climate polluting than fossil fuel power plants. • Sets the expectation of continued annual carbon pollution reductions in Virginia after 2030. • Closely monitors implementation in order to respond to instances of disproportionate environmental burdens experienced by any communities


3/8/18  2:32 pm
Commenter: Peggy Sterling

Clean Energy Virginia Initiative
 

'I'm writing today to voice my support of a regulation in Virginia that cuts carbon pollution from power plants and allows us to trade carbon allowances with other states.

With no help coming from the federal level in addressing climate change, it’s up to states like Virginia to act. By cutting carbon emissions in Virginia, we have the opportunity to protect public health and safety while also creating jobs in the carbon-neutral renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors.

And because we’re joining up with a coalition of other states with carbon caps, action we take here in Virginia is greater than the sum of its parts.

I urge you to proceed with a strong regulation that shows Virginia is a leader in addressing climate change and takes its responsibility seriously.'


3/9/18  1:02 pm
Commenter: Mark McEnearney

Reduce and Cap Carbon Dioxide from Fossil Fuel Fired Electric Power Generating Facilities (Rev. C17)
 

It's time for Virginia to cap carbon emissions on all fossil fuel burning power plants operating in our state.

Let's set the base budget at 33 million tons, not 34 million tons; provide reasonable accomodation for facilities that produce power for their own consumption; keep DEQ out of the carbon allowance auction business; and produce  timely good faith estimates of costs, benefits and impacts on farmers and small businesses but let's not use this as an excuse for delays.

 

 


3/9/18  1:28 pm
Commenter: Susan Black

Clean Energy Virginia Initiative (Executive Directive 11)
 

I'm writing today to voice my support of a regulation in Virginia that cuts carbon pollution from power plants and allows us to trade carbon allowances with other states.

With no help coming from the federal level in addressing climate change, it’s up to states like Virginia to act. By cutting carbon emissions in Virginia, we have the opportunity to protect public health and safety while also creating jobs in the carbon-neutral renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors.

And because we’re joining up with a coalition of other states with carbon caps, action we take here in Virginia is greater than the sum of its parts.

I urge you to proceed with a strong regulation that shows Virginia is a leader in addressing climate change and takes its responsibility seriously.


3/9/18  2:49 pm
Commenter: robert dresdner

clean power plan
 

I want VA to lead nationally on renewable power. Renewables and Clean Power wont come from Washington. I was an EPA air attorney for over 20 years and I saw nothing but inexcusable regulatory loopholes and outrageously weak enforcement, all biased in favor of polluters.


3/9/18  4:38 pm
Commenter: Marie Sloane

Cutting carbon emissions in VA
 

'I'm writing today to voice my support of a regulation in Virginia that cuts carbon pollution from power plants and allows us to trade carbon allowances with other states.

With no help coming from the federal level in addressing climate change, it’s up to states like Virginia to act. By cutting carbon emissions in Virginia, we have the opportunity to protect public health and safety while also creating jobs in the carbon-neutral renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors.

And because we’re joining up with a coalition of other states with carbon caps, action we take here in Virginia is greater than the sum of its parts.

I urge you to proceed with a strong regulation that shows Virginia is a leader in addressing climate change and takes its responsibility seriously.'


3/9/18  5:58 pm
Commenter: Thomas Horsch

Carbon Emissions
 
my support of a regulation in Virginia that cuts carbon pollution from power plants and allows us to trade carbon allowances with other states. With no help coming from the federal level in addressing climate change, it’s up to states like Virginia to act. By cutting carbon emissions in Virginia, we have the opportunity to protect public health and safety while also creating jobs in the carbon-neutral renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors. And because we’re joining up with a coalition of other states with carbon caps, action we take here in Virginia is greater than the sum of its parts. I urge you to proceed with a strong regulation that shows Virginia is a leader in addressing climate change and takes its responsibility seriously.

3/9/18  7:56 pm
Commenter: Glenn , Falls Church

I'm writing today to voice my support of a regulation in Virginia that cuts carbon pollution from po
 

3/9/18  8:07 pm
Commenter: John Gee

Please do not let Virginia join the RGGI
 

Please do not let Virginia join the RGGI.  The power that is gererated by forest derived residuals should be counted as making zero contribution to the build up of green house gas in the atmosphere where forest carbon stocks are stable.  The carbon profile of biomass is not altered  in any way because it is cofired with fossil fuel.

Please maintain the exemption for industrial boilers as this is vitial to ensuring our facilities remain competitive among other states

The increased cost for powerplants will only be passed along to the consumers of electricity resulting in another government induced tax.


3/10/18  7:29 am
Commenter: Kristen Stout

Clean Energy Initiative
 

'I'm writing today to voice my support of a strong clean energy initiative that cuts carbon pollution from power plants and allows us to trade carbon allowances with other states. .

With no help coming from the federal level in addressing climate change, it’s up to states like Virginia to act. By cutting carbon emissions in Virginia, we have the opportunity to protect public health and safety while also creating jobs in the carbon-neutral renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors.

And because we’re joining up with a coalition of other states with carbon caps, action we take here in Virginia is greater than the sum of its parts.

We have to move away from dependency on dirty fossile fuels and stop the spread of environmentally damaging drilling (such as the off shore drilling now allowed by the Trump Administration).  This initiative will also help protect our coasts and our economy that depends on a clean and healthy coastal environment..   

I urge you to proceed with a strong regulation that shows Virginia is a leader in addressing climate change and takes its responsibility seriously.


3/10/18  1:13 pm
Commenter: Frederick Tuck

attn: Karen G. Sabasteanski / Clean Power Initiative
 

'I'm writing today to voice my support of a regulation in Virginia that cuts carbon pollution from power plants and allows us to trade carbon allowances with other states.  This action is long overdue.

With no help coming from the federal level in addressing climate change, it’s up to states like Virginia to act. By cutting carbon emissions in Virginia, we have the opportunity to protect public health and safety while also creating jobs in the carbon-neutral renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors.

And because we’re joining up with a coalition of other states with carbon caps, action we take here in Virginia is greater than the sum of its parts. 

I urge you to proceed with a strong regulation that shows Virginia is a leader in addressing climate change and takes its responsibility seriously.   It is time to do the right thing and consider the condition of the planet we leave to our progeny.


3/10/18  5:25 pm
Commenter: Mathew Kelly

Toward a sustainable energy future
 

Let's lead the way in pushing for sustainable energy for the state of Virginia, instead of clinging to draconian and puluting energy sources and losing our chance to be an energy innovator.