Report | Environment Virginia

2017 Program Agenda

Each year Environment Virginia sets program priorities. In addition to helping us measure our progress, the program agendas lets decision makers know which high priority environmental items our members wants us to tackle.

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Blocking the Sun

Solar power is clean, affordable and popular with the American people. The amount of solar energy installed in the U.S. has quadrupled in the last four years, and the U.S. has enough solar energy installed to power one in 20 American homes.

America’s solar progress is largely the result of bold, forward-thinking public policies that have created a strong solar industry while putting solar energy within the financial reach of millions more Americans.

News Release | Environment Virginia

Americans for Prosperity and ALEC featured in report detailing solar energy opponents

Richmond, VA – With solar power on the rise around the country, a national network fossil fuel and utility-backed organizations have joined forces to put the brakes on this fast growing pollution-free energy resource.  Trade groups and think tanks backed by deep pocketed anti-clean energy ideologues and fossil interests are bankrolling campaigns, promoting model legislation and media campaigns to provide cover for anti-solar campaigns across the country, said a new report released today by Environment Virginia Research & Policy Center. 

News Release | Environment Virginia

Support for VP pick Sen. Tim Kaine

In response to Hillary Clinton's announcement of Sen. Tim Kaine as running mate, Environment Virginia released the following statement: "Sen. Tim Kaine has a long history of standing up for the protection of our environment and the safety of our climate, and he’ll make an excellent vice president."

Report | Environment Virginia Research and Policy Center

Lighting the Way 4

Our new report shows that Virginia ranks 39th in the nation for solar capacity per capita. A growing number of states are leading America’s ongoing solar boom. Those states are not necessarily the ones with the most sunshine, but rather the ones that have opened the door for solar energy through the adoption of strong public policies. The 10 states with the most solar capacity per capita – Nevada, Hawaii, California, Arizona, North Carolina, New Jersey, Vermont, New Mexico, Massachusetts and Colorado – have a track record of strong public policies that are enabling increasing numbers of homeowners, businesses, communities and utilities to “go solar.”

News Release | Environment Virginia Research and Policy Center

Report: As solar explodes nationwide, Virginia still lags behind

With one solar panel in the state for every 100 people, Virginia remained near the bottom of an annual ranking of solar power capacity, and utilities like Dominion Resources and their allies would just as soon keep it that way.

News Release | Environment Virginia

Environment Virginia's response to Governor McAuliffe's Climate & Clean Energy Announcement

Environment Virginia applauded Governor McAuliffe's June 28 announcement committing Virginia to come up with a plan to reduce carbon pollution from power plants. Read our response.