January 6, 2020
Delegate Delaney Tackles Transitioning Virginia to a Greener Tomorrow
(CHANTILLY, VA) - Earlier today, Delegate Karrie Delaney filed House Bill 547, a bill that would establish the Virginia Energy and Economy Transition Council. The Virginia Energy and Economy Transition Council will help transition the Commonwealth of Virginia from its dependency on fossil fuel usage and production to an economy that reflects our state’s transition away from these industries as we enter a green energy economy. In doing so, Delegate Karrie Delaney recognizes that there are regions of the Commonwealth that are economically dependent on the fossil fuel industry and that conversations around the transition from fossil fuels have not accounted for the realities of those who live and work in these areas.
“Our climate is in crisis, and we must act now to ensure that our economy and community has the tools it needs to transition from fossil fuel reliance to a 100% renewable energy by 2050,” said Delaney. “Communities across the Commonwealth have had to face the reality that fossil fuel jobs are vanishing, but we have no plan to help transition these economies to new industries. Under HB 547, we will give these communities a seat at the table to help determine their own future, acknowledging that what may work for one part of the Commonwealth does not necessarily work for another. It is time for Virginia to envision a future where our economies are not reliant on fossil fuels and where our communities are able to take control of their own economic futures.”
The Virginia Energy and Economy Transition Council would consist of 28 citizen and ex officio members and will be tasked with analyzing the challenges and incentives of transitioning Virginia’s economy away from fossil fuels. With those findings, which they will report annually to the Governor and General Assembly, a transition plan will be created for each region of the Commonwealth whose workers and economies are dependent on the fossil fuel industry.