2018 Virginia Energy Plan
“The clean energy sector has the power to create new business opportunities, expand customer access to renewable energy, and spark the high-demand jobs of the 21st century,” said Governor Northam. “Virginia can shift to a more modern electric grid that is reliable, affordable, resilient, and environmentally responsible—and the Commonwealth can lead this critical industry as a result. This plan sets an ambitious path forward for Virginia, and I am confident we will charge ahead towards progress over the course of my administration.”
"The Commonwealth’s 2018 Energy Plan provides both a status update on Virginia’s current energy system and a set of recommendations that are both forward-looking and adaptive to enable the energy transformations that are underway. The intention of these recommendations is to support technological advances, create new business opportunities, and allow Virginia’s energy markets to grow."
"While the Commonwealth has taken a number of critical steps to enable the deployment of innovative technologies, one key takeaway from the stakeholder engagement process is that Virginia will need to plan for the transformation of our energy system to achieve our most significant policy objectives. This process has already started through enactment of the Grid Transformation and Security Act (Senate Bill 966), which provided important mechanisms to modernize our electric system."
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"In the development of this Energy Plan, the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) facilitated a robust stakeholder engagement process. This process included six public listening sessions, a 60-day written comment period during which 988 comments were filed, and a series of facilitated stakeholder engagement meetings."
Written Comment Period
A 60-day public comment period from June 25, 2018 to August 24, 2018 was established to ensure citizens have a voice in the plan’s development. Written comments were able to be submitted online via the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall web site by clicking HERE.
Public Listening Sessions
In-person, topic-focused public listening sessions were held on the following dates and locations:
- 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)
- August 16, 2018 from 5-7 pm in Fairfax on general energy issues (George Mason University, Merten Hall, Room 1201 located on the first floor, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030)
Facilitated Stakeholder Engagement
In addition to the Energy Storage and Offshore Wind Energy presentations at public listening sessions, facilitated discussions were held to address the following stakeholder tracks: Solar and Wind Resources; Energy Efficiency; and Electric Vehicles and Advanced Transportation. Facilitated meetings were held on the following dates/locations:
- June 25, 2018 from 12-2 pm in Richmond on Energy Efficiency (Library of Virginia, 800 E. Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219)
- 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 1, 2018 from 1-3 pm in Richmond on Energy Efficiency (Patrick Henry Building, West Reading Room, 1111 E. Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219)
- August 1, 2018 from 3-5 pm in Richmond on Advanced Transportation (Patrick Henry Building, West Reading Room, 1111 E. Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219)
- August 28, 2018 from 9:30 am-12 noon in Richmond on Solar and Wind (9:30am-12:00 pm at the Richmond Omni at 100 S 12th St, Richmond, VA 23219.
Dominion Energy contracted with Meridian Institute to design and facilitate a stakeholder engagement process that focused 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 1, 2018 — Energy Efficiency Subcommittee Meeting
- August 1, 2018 — Advanced Transportation Subcommittee Meeting
- August 16, 2018 — General Listening Session
August 28, 2018 - Solar and Wind Subcommittee Meeting
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.