Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
Air Pollution Control Board
Regulation for Emissions Trading [9 VAC 5 ‑ 140]
Action Repeal CO 2 Budget Trading Program as required by Executive Order 9 (Revision A22)
Comment Period Ended on 10/26/2022
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10/24/22  9:42 pm
Commenter: Sheri Shannon, Southside ReLeaf

Southside ReLeaf Supports Virginia’s Participation in RGGI

Southside ReLeaf supports Virginia’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). This program provides vital funding for low-energy efficiency programs, safety repairs for homes, and flood resilience projects. 

During Virginia’s first year in RGGI, nearly $114 million in revenue was generated for energy efficiency programs that allowed weatherization providers and affordable housing developers to make upgrades on homes for low-income families. From installing heat pumps and fixing deteriorating roofs to addressing hazardous living conditions like mold, RGGI is improving the health and safety of residents and helping families save money with lower utility bills. Plus, more high-paying jobs are being created in every region of the commonwealth.  

RGGI serves as the only source of statewide funding for the Community Flood Preparedness Fund (CFPF), which allows localities to reduce the impacts of flooding. Thanks to the CFPF, the City of Richmond was awarded $1.1 million to help with flooding downtown and make drainage improvements in Richmond’s Southside — an area of the city with several infrastructural challenges due to neglect, disinvestment, and outdated stormwater systems. As the intensity and frequency of extreme flood events increases due to climate change, it’s imperative that Virginia continues to dedicate funding to prevent recurring flooding. 

The fact is that RGGI is working for Virginia. Carbon emissions have declined, and decreasing air pollution is a benefit for public health, especially for children and other vulnerable populations. The program ensures that polluters have to pay for the damage they cause to communities, and reinvests that money into helping people. Please do not repeal our participation in this program and instead focus on the environmental, health, and economic benefits RGGI brings to all Virginians. 

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