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VA “Citizen’s Energy Plan” – Less Pollution and More Jobs

September 11, 2007

Richmond, VA – Environmental groups are hailing a "Citizen’s Energy Plan," unveiled Monday. They say it will cut climate change pollution, while creating jobs in the renewable energy industry. Michael Town, with the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club, says the plan is designed to leverage the state's potential in the renewable energy industry.

"With a combination of both on-shore and offshore wind energy, we could displace up to one-third of Virginia's existing coal-generating capacity. That's equivalent to about ten medium-sized, coal-fired power plants."

Town says the plan is needed because Virginia is behind the curve in developing its renewable energy industry.

"Virginia has done practically nothing, and we've got a long way to go; whether it's a renewable energy standard, funding for start-up companies, or even rebates to homeowners for installing solar panels."

The State of Virginia is releasing its own version of an energy plan on Wednesday. Town is on the state advisory panel that will review it and, no doubt, compare it to this alternative proposal. The "Citizen's Energy Plan" is supported by the Sierra Club, Coalition for Smarter Growth, Public Policy Virginia, and the United Steelworkers union.

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - VA