FILE PHOTO: Virginia Governor Ralph Northam speaks to gun management activists at a rally held by Mothers Demand Motion and different relations of taking pictures victims outdoors of the Virginia State Capitol Constructing in Richmond, Virginia, U.S. July 9, 2019. REUTERS/Michael A. McCoy
(Reuters) – Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed an govt order on Tuesday with a aim of manufacturing all the state’s electrical energy from carbon-free sources by 2050 in an effort to cut back the commonwealth’s impression on local weather change:
– The order has an interim goal of manufacturing 30% of the state’s electrical energy from renewable sources by 2030.
– With the order, Virginia joins a number of different states which have already set 100% clear vitality objectives, together with Hawaii, California, New Mexico, Maine, New York and Washington State, in keeping with Surroundings America, an environmental group advocating the nation produce all of its vitality from clear, renewable vitality.
– Virginia expects to satisfy the order’s targets by including extra photo voltaic, wind energy and vitality storage tasks and investing in vitality effectivity applications.
– In 2017, pure fuel fueled 50% of Virginia’s internet electrical energy era, nuclear energy supplied 33%, coal fueled nearly 12% and renewable sources, together with biomass and hydropower, provided greater than 6%, in keeping with knowledge from the U.S. Vitality Data Administration.
Reporting by Scott DiSavino; Enhancing by Marguerita Choy