City of Alexandria Comments Regarding Governor Northam's Virginia Energy Plan
The City of Alexandria appreciates the opportunity to provide comments to the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy for consideration in the development of Governor Northam’s Virginia Energy Plan.
The City of Alexandria has a long history of prioritizing and promoting energy efficiency actions and the use of clean energy resources to Alexandria residents, businesses, and within the City’s operations. Such actions include energy efficiency improvements in residential and commercial buildings, and transportation systems; and a dramatic increase in solar photovoltaic systems within the Alexandria community.  Notwithstanding, ongoing efficiency improvements of the electric grid and an increase in clean energy generation resources have resulted a nearly 22% decrease in Alexandria’s greenhouse gas emissions between 2005 and 2015 despite an increase in population and a growing economy. 
Still, much work remains necessary, and significant strides in improvement are possible over the coming 10 years. Governor Northam’s 2018 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. As such, Alexandria requests that the Virginia Energy Plan prioritize:
We offer the following specific recommendations for consideration.
Bill Eger, Energy Manager
City of Alexandria, Virginia