VA Senator To Propose Energy Efficiency Mandates | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

VA Senator To Propose Energy Efficiency Mandates

Play associated audio

By Mana Rabiee

The Virginia General Assembly is on winter break but state environmentalists are already preparing new energy efficiency legislation.

Democratic State Senator Donald McEachin is expected to announce on Wednesday a bill which would mandate an energy efficiency standard for the Commonwealth. The bill will require utility companies to implement energy efficiency programs and reduce energy consumption among customers by more than 12 percent by 2022. The state already has a similar energy goal but it's voluntary.

Chelsea Harnish is with the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, part of a coalition of environmentalists working with McEachin in drafting the bill. She calls the measure a "jobs bill" because all those energy saving measures, like home weatherization, will result in 'green energy' jobs.

"We'll see more people getting into the business than we're already seeing right now and with that means more jobs and new people coming in and being put to work," says Harnish.

Harnish says the bill will create 8,000 new jobs.

NPR

Book Review: 'Angels Make Their Hope Here'

Alan Cheuse reviews Angels Make Their Hope Here, by Breena Clarke.
NPR

Fruit Recall Hits Trader Joe's, Costco, Wal-Mart Stores

The recall applies to "certain lots of whole peaches (white and yellow), nectarines (white and yellow), plums and pluots" from a California packing company, the FDA says.
NPR

On Immigration, America's Concerns Are Fiery But Fleeting

In a recent Gallup poll, most named immigration the biggest problem confronting the nation. But past periods of heightened worries have been brief — and haven't brought about solutions.
NPR

9/11 Commission Issues An Update On Anniversary Of Report

Saying that the world has changed "dramatically," the report's authors write that al-Qaida groups have spread, and the threat for cyberterrorism has grown.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.