2018 Virginia Energy Plan
The 2018 Virginia Energy Plan is intended to provide a strategic vision for the energy policy of the Commonwealth over the next 10 years. This plan is being developed in accordance with Chapter 2 of Title 67 of the Code of Virginia. Per the statute, the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy is tasked with submitting the Plan to the Governor, the State Corporation Commission and the General Assembly by October 1, 2018.
Required Under Va. Code § 67-201
The Plan is required to propose actions that are consistent with the Commonwealth’s Energy Objectives (Va. Code § 67-101) and that will implement the Commonwealth’s Energy Policy (Va. Code § 67-102). The Code also requires the Plan to include:
- Projections of energy consumption;
- Analysis of the adequacy of electricity generation, transmission, and distribution resources;
- Analysis of siting requirements for generation, transition, and distribution resources;
- Analysis of fuel diversity for electricity generation;
- Analysis of efficient use of energy resources and conservation initiatives;
- Analysis of how Virginia-specific issues relate to regional initiatives;
- Analysis of whether there is a disproportionate adverse impact on economically disadvantaged or minority communities;
- Analysis of the costs and benefits of federal regulation under § 111(d) of the Clean Air Act; and
- Recommendations for legislative, regulatory, and other public and private actions.
Updates on the Plan will be posted to this web page and on DMME’s social media channels. The stakeholder process includes a 60-day written comment period, in-person public listening sessions and a series of facilitated stakeholder discussions.
Written Comment Period
A 60-day public comment period from June 25, 2018 to August 24, 2018 has been established to ensure citizens have a voice in the plan’s development. Written comments may be submitted online via the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall web site by clicking HERE.
Public Listening Sessions
In-person, topic-focused public listening sessions have been scheduled for the following dates:
- June 25, 2018 from 9-11 am in Richmond on the Virginia Energy Plan stakeholder process (Library of Virginia, 800 E. Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219)
- July 23, 2018 from 1-4 pm in Richmond on Energy Storage (Virginia State Capitol, House Room 1, 1000 Bank Street, Richmond, VA 23218)
- July 25, 2018 from 12-2 pm in Newport News on Offshore Wind Energy (Christopher Newport University, Gaines Theatre, University Place, Newport News, VA 23606)
- July 30, 2018 from 5-7 pm in Roanoke on general energy issues (Roanoke Higher Education Center, Room 212, 108 N Jefferson Street, Roanoke, VA 24016)
- July 31, 2018 from 5-7 pm in Abingdon on general energy issues (Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, Room CR 103/104, One Partnership Circle, Abingdon, VA 24210)
Facilitated Stakeholder Engagement
In addition to the Energy Storage and Offshore Wind Energy presentations at public listening sessions, facilitated discussions will be held to address the following stakeholder tracks: Solar and Wind Resources; Energy Efficiency; and Electric Vehicles and Advanced Transportation. Facilitated meetings have been scheduled for the follow dates:
- July 10, 2018 from 10 am-12 noon in Richmond on Solar and Wind (Virginia Commonwealth University, Academic Learning Commons, Room 1201, 1000 Floyd Avenue, Richmond, VA 23220)
- July 18, 2018 from 10 am-12 noon in Richmond on Energy Efficiency (Patrick Henry Building, East Reading Room, 1111 E. Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219)
- July 18, 2018 from 1-3 pm in Richmond on Electric Vehicles (Patrick Henry Building, East Reading Room, 1111 E. Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219)
- August 22, 2018 from 10 am-12 noon in Richmond on Solar and Wind (Virginia Commonwealth University, Academic Learning Commons, Room 1201, 1000 Floyd Avenue, Richmond, VA 23220)
Dominion Energy has contracted with Meridian Institute to design and facilitate a stakeholder engagement process that will focus on issues set forth in the recently-enacted Senate Bill 966. Click HERE to read more about Meridian.
- June 25, 2018 — Stakeholder Kickoff Meeting/Listening Session
- June 25, 2018 — Energy Efficiency Subcommittee Meeting
- July 10, 2018 - Solar and Wind Subcommittee Meeting
- July 18, 2018 - Energy Efficiency Subcommittee Meeting
- July 18, 2018 - Electric Vehicles Subcommittee Meeting
- July 23, 2018 — Energy Storage Listening Session
- July 25, 2018 — Offshore Wind Energy Listening Session
- July 30, 2018 — General Listening Session
- July 31, 2018 — General Listening Session
- August 22, 2018 — Solar and Wind Subcommittee Meeting
Check back on this page for updates on meeting dates, times and locations.
Update to the 2014 VIRGINIA ENERGY PLAN
Since the release of the 2014 Virginia Energy Plan, Governor Terry McAuliffe remained committed to an “all of the above” approach to energy. The Commonwealth had seen significant activity in the areas of focus laid out in the 2014 Plan. As a result, Governor McAuliffe issued an update in 2016. By the middle of his term, Governor McAuliffe had attracted $500 million in capital investment in the clean energy industry and supported projects that could generate thousands of direct jobs and billions more in capital investment. The report provides a summary of the momentum built and results achieved since 2014.
2014 Virginia Energy Plan
In the 2014 Virginia Energy Plan, Governor Terry McAuliffe laid out his vision for the Virginia energy industry and the vital role it must play building the new Virginia economy. He pointed out that Virginia has had low-cost, reliable energy that businesses and residents have relied on to drive economic growth. However, he also noted that the energy landscape in Virginia and the country is undergoing unprecedented change, and Virginia must be decisive in driving innovation in energy generation and utilization to ensure that Virginia’s economy benefits from the deployment of new technologies. The changing energy economy presents both opportunities and challenges that Governor McAuliffe worked diligently to address in the context of the four themes laid out in the 2014 Plan: Strategic Growth in the Energy Sector, Best-in-Class Infrastructure, Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicle Technology, and Talent Development in the Energy Sector.