Virginia Joins Clean Energy-Environment State Partnership

February 05, 2008

Virginia Governor Timothy Kaine announced February 4 that the state has joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean Energy-Environment State Partnership. The partnership will provide tools and analyses to advance state and federal goals for energy efficiency and the use of clean energy sources. The Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy (DMME), which is the state energy office, will be the primary partner with EPA.

The EPA will provide best practices information, hands-on technical support and expertise, and access to analytic tools that assess the impacts of clean energy policies on emissions, the state economy, and public health.

Virginia will use these tools to help implement the Virginia Energy Plan, released in September 2007. The plan sets four broad goals: increase energy independence with an emphasis on conservation and clean technologies, expand consumer education, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2025, and capitalize on economic development opportunities in advanced energy technologies.

"I applaud this innovative partnership between Virginia and the Environmental Protection Agency," Kaine said. "This cooperative effort will advance our mutual goals of providing energy to support our economy while protecting our environment."

For more information, see the governor's February 4 press release and the Virginia Energy Plan.

To read more about renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in Virginia, see: