Charlottesville Renewable Energy Alliance Backs Executive Directive 11

Well before President Trump’s recent announcement created a mass gut reaction to vocalize support for the Paris Agreement across the US, the Governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, signed Executive Directive 11. The federal government’s impending decisions aside, the Commonwealth’s leadership saw that action needed to be taken to ensure that Virginia’s residents could embrace a clean energy future. This action is a measure that the Charlottesville Renewable Energy Alliance (CvilleREA) not only appreciates, but is lending its full support.

CvilleREA consists of eight renewable energy companies in Charlottesville which have collectively installed over 2,700MW of renewable energy and have developed over $6.5 billion of clean electricity. Part of CvilleREA’s mission is to advocate for the growth of the renewable energy economy. Largely due to the support of Governor McAuliffe, Virginia had taken a turn for the better in the renewable energy space prior to Executive Directive 11 with solar-industry related jobs increasing 65% year over year in 2016 and alternate energy companies in the state developing and installing some of the largest renewable projects in the country. Another potential breakthrough is Virginia’s first utility-scale wind project. Apex Clean Energy, a founding member of CvilleREA, is developing Rocky Forge Wind, which is ready to start construction before the end of 2017. In addition to generating over $20 million in local and state taxes, Rocky Forge will deliver enough clean energy to power up to 20,000 homes annually, offsetting 66,500 tons of CO2 and nearly 265,000 pounds of NOx and SO2 combined. Rocky Forge has received approval from both Botetourt County and the Virginia DEQ, as well as, support from the Virginia Sierra Club and Deer Hunter’s Association.

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