Dominion and Virginia lawmakers gear to define clean energy goals

  • Dominion put forth plan of 100% net-zero emissions a day before the D-Day.
  • The Clean Economy Act has put forth an audacious plan to get Virginia to 100 percent renewable generation.

Dominion has put forth plan of 100% net-zero emissions a day before the D-Day as vote for aggressive renewable energy bills is set to take place. Dominion also announced its plan to bring forth the country’s first leading offshore wind factory in Virginia, underpinned by its planned 2.6 GW of offshore wind project.

Reportedly, Dominion has its own plans to obliterate emissions of carbon dioxide and methane on a net basis by 2050. Previously they had pledged to curb net carbon emissions emanating from power sector by 80% by 2050, methane emissions stemming from its natural-gas operations by 80% by 2040 and 65% by 2030. The new pledge of Dominion would be applicable in its operations in 18 states, such as expanding portfolio of natural-gas infrastructure.

The Virginia lawmakers are set to pass energy legislation on Tuesday which would seemingly place the state at the forefront of renewable energy policy in the U.S. The Clean Economy Act has put forth an audacious plan to get Virginia to 100 percent renewable generation. While the Senate version warrants the goal be met by 2050, the House version wants the target to be met by 2045.

The bill, if passed, will open doors for the proliferation of solar power and offshore wind development & energy storage. The legislation would also set an energy efficiency standard which utility must keep up with and promote Virginia to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

With lawmakers, regulators, and corporate energy customers seeking more opportunities for renewable energy to supersede its dependence on fossil-fuel-centered large-scale generation, lobbying of Dominion in Virginia politics could well be challenged.

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