Virginia's growing economy will need increasing amounts of energy over the next ten years as more computers, electric appliances, and equipment are placed in use. Virginia will need a broad mix of energy sources to accommodate for this growth. At the same time, Virginia will also need to reduce its energy growth rate through conservation and efficiency measures.
Energy efficiency and conservation offer Virginians the most cost-effective and most readily deployable method to manage its energy future. As Virginia's population, business community, and energy needs continue to grow; energy efficiency and conservation can defer the need for new energy-supply facilities and the associated environmental burdens they place on land, water, and air resources. Energy efficiency is a true "pollution prevention" technique, because at its core is source reduction and improved production efficiency. Improvements to process efficiency result in the decreased use of materials, labor, and wastes. The efficient use of energy results in decreased use of resources, less air pollution, and therefore, cost savings.