Earlier this week, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) used his powers to create a group that is designated solely to coming up with ways to improve the state's energy consumption. By signing Executive Order #16 on Wednesday, June 4, the Virginia Energy Council was established, an organization that will provide opinions on how to best help the environment.
The main task of this new group, which will consist of anywhere from 20 to 25 members, will be to deliver recommendations to the state's energy plan. The proposed ideas will be brought in front of the Virginia General Assembly on October 1, 2014 and will be drafted into a bill and voted on. Governor McAuliffe wants to alter the ways in which Virginia consumes unhealthy energy.
"Virginia must develop an aggressive strategy to protect existing jobs in our energy industries while positioning the Commonwealth to be a leader in new energy technologies. An innovative energy strategy will enable us to attract the best businesses and entrepreneurs to Virginia, create more jobs in growing industries, and lead a 21st century Virginia economy," Governor McAuliffe said in a press release after the executive order was signed.
McAuliffe also said that it is the responsibility of his administration to establish a diverse portfolio of energy sources in the state, including solar and wind plants. By not relying too heavily on one source of power, Virginia will be able to lower energy costs as well as protect the planet.
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