Clean Energy


When the General Assembly met just over a year ago, members passed a bill that could make Virginia a leader in the transition to Clean Energy. Democrats were thrilled, but critics say the law could boost utility bills in this state by $800 a year on average by 2030. 

Now, nine lawmakers are backing legislation to protect consumers.


Faced with climate changes that are taking a toll on our shoreline, our forests and farms, Virginia has agreed to stop burning fossil fuels by 2050. 

To see if that’s actually possible and to explain what we’ll have to do over the next thirty years, experts at the University of Virginia have produced a report called Decarbonizing Virginia’s Economy.


Virginia hosted a clean energy summit Tuesday, offering a preview of how this state will get to a carbon-free economy by 2050.  Solar and wind energy will be important, but there are some other encouraging options on the horizon.

Sandy Hausman/Radio IQ

Faced with worrisome warnings of climate change, Virginia is weighing green options for producing energy.  Solar and wind are sources favored by this state’s two largest utilities, but what about water power?  Virginia is blessed with mountains and rivers, not unlike a place where dams provide 60% of the power.

Kurt Holtz

Remember that old joke: ‘everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it?' Well, as we all know by now, weather and climate are very different things. But people in the tiny town of Floyd, Virginia, are trying to do something about climate change, one carbon footprint at time.