An energy plan in the year 2022 should have a clear focus on present data and trends in employment and energy production, all of which point toward renewable energy sources as job creation engines and a means to transition away from fossil fuels. As energy technologies and our abilities to store energy improve, we must establish our state as a leader in the manufacture of renewable energy infrastructure and a place where citizens from across the nation come to retrain and seek employment.
Virginia's energy plan should be looking to successes like its growing number of off-shore wind turbines and new solar farms as drivers for our state's economy and the beginnings of a resilient, sustainable future for the Commonwealth. Additionally, such a plan should consider the policy successes of other states and countries when planning for challenges such as sea level rise and increasingly hotter temperatures throughout the year. Present and future generations of citizens in our state depend on an energy plan that carefully studies the future's challenges and meets them with strong public policy action.
Thank you for your consideration.