28 Jun 2014

Focusing on Virginia’s economic and energy future

Written by Jim Pierobon

About my recent and future posts focusing on Virginia:

They say devils lurk in the details of just about any game-changing proposal in the energy space. Well, I’m tackling this year’s biggest proposal: the U.S. EPA’s new carbon rules under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act and how it impacts a state that is heavily reliant on nuclear, coal and natural gas to generate electricity: Virginia.

Coal alone poses tall hurdles. For a state that is barely giving lip service to renewable sources of power and energy efficiency, the challenges are even taller. Posts on this and related topics are designed to examine how one state, its utilities and policymakers, industry and thought-leaders can deal with the new carbon rule.

Among the initial topics I’ll be exploring is the potential for job creation. First up will be how credible one assessment of the potential for new energy efficiency and related jobs in Virginia. I welcome your comments and suggestions about what investments make sense for a state that has a lot of work to do but has the benefit of plenty of brainpower, fresh ideas and key elements of a clean energy industry ready to grow an industry integral to sustainable economic growth.

Stay tuned.

The Commonwealth of Virginia is widely defined by eight distinct regions, each with its own culture and politics.

The Commonwealth of Virginia is widely defined by eight distinct regions, each with its own culture and politics.

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