As we have heard repeatedly over the last year: let the science speak and follow the science. As noted above, the science has spoken loudly. But the Air Pollution Control Board, a collection of appointees with hardly any air pollution background, denied the permit based on “fair treatment.” Not science, not data, but the nebulous term “fair treatment.” After spending millions of dollars, hundreds of hours of staff time, and holding multiple public hearings, the conversation all came down to what “fair treatment” means.
This data will help all Virginians better understand that the Commonwealth has been a leader in environmental protection and energy consumption reduction for decades. The data also reveals opportunities for improvement, so that policymakers can make informed decisions about regulatory and public priorities.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted just how vulnerable America’s economic security and growth are to systemic risks. Now, as we look to lead our nation into a greener era, we must not lose sight of the fact that this energy future must be affordable and inclusive to all Americans.
Using open-source consumer data, CEA developed a cost calculator to provide an estimate of what a typical household in Richmond could expect to pay as a result of policies to ban natural gas service and use, depending on home configuration, appliances used and other factors.
The Virginia Energy Consumer Trust (“The Trust”) announced its formation today. The Trust’s mission is to educate and empower energy consumers to challenge the binary choice of supporting diverse and affordable energy resources or protecting the environment. Virginians overwhelmingly support reliable, affordable, secure, and sustainable energy. The Trust is the voice for all Virginia consumers that believe in energy justice and environmental stewardship equally.