National Clean Energy Week was conceived in 2017 with the goal of advancing support of our nation’s energy sector through new methods of market development, policy change, and technological innovation. Across America, clean and readily abundant forms of energy are powering more than homes and businesses. Taken together, our capacity for safe and reliable energy generation is driving a clean energy renaissance that is creating jobs, strengthening America’s national security, and preserving our environment.
NCEW brings together industry associations, businesses, nonprofits, and advocates in the clean energy space for activities in Washington, D.C. and across America to showcase how they are helping to make the industry stronger, and influence the discussion around common sense clean energy solutions that directly address America’s need for abundant, reliable forms of energy. For more information about National Clean Energy Week, please visit: www.nationalcleanenergyweek.org.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam issued a proclamation recognizing September 24-28, 2018 as National Clean Energy Week (NCEW). The Commonwealth of Virginia formally encourages “individuals and organizations in Virginia [to] support solutions that address America’s economic and energy needs in the 21st century, and implement the cleanest energy technologies available.”
CONGRESSMAN SCOTT TAYLOR TOURS SOLAR SERVICES IN VIRGINIA BEACH
On Monday, September 24, 2018, U.S. Representative Scott Taylor (VA-02) toured Solar Services, Inc in Virginia Beach and learned more about the solar industry. Solar Services, Inc. installs solar electric systems, solar pool heating systems, solar hot water systems, solar attic fans, and car charging stations. Established in 1986, Solar Services is the oldest solar company in Virginia.
Congressman Scott Taylor represents Virginia’s Second Congressional District which includes much of Hampton Roads, the Peninsula, and the Eastern Shore. Congressman Taylor previously served as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates. Taylor’s legislative accomplishments include matters dealing with renewable energy, workforce development and veterans’ issues.
SENATOR GLEN STURTEVANT TOURS MOSELEY ARCHITECTS
On Wednesday, September 26, Senator Glen Sturtevant toured Moseley Architects’ headquarters in Richmond to talk about energy efficiency. Moseley Architects, a full-service architectural, engineering, planning, and interior design firm committed to sustainable architecture. Moseley Architects is a recognized pioneer in high-performance and sustainable design practices and strategies. Since 2000, the firm has been working with clients to support the development of green initiatives and arrive at design solutions that meet environmental sustainability and energy efficiency goals for both new and renovated facilities.
Originally built in 1930, their Richmond office is located in a former industrial building in a historic district known as Scott’s Addition. Consequently, the design for renovation required close coordination with both the Virginia Department of Historic Resources and the National Park Service and features strategies that modernized the structure without compromising its historical integrity. The approach required incorporating the original skylights and garage door openings into the design, which contributes to one of the most interesting aspects of the facility—the natural daylight filtering into the building. A mezzanine level was added to substantially increase the amount of usable floor area and provide adequate workspaces for staff. A major goal for this facility was to showcase high-performance design strategies at work for clients and others. Examples include a rooftop garden; outdoor views from every workstation; the use of rapidly-renewable materials like bamboo and sunflower board; low-flow plumbing fixtures and waterless urinals; and an aggressive stormwater management plan. Earning LEED Platinum in 2009, it is only the fourth building on the historic register to accomplish this feat.
Senator Glen Sturtevant is a champion of clean energy and energy efficiency issues in the Virginia General Assembly. During the 2018 session, Senator Sturtevant sponsored SB 855which would make it easier for energy efficiency programs to get approved by the State Corporation Commission. This legislation will help electric customers reduce their energy consumption, thereby saving electricity and reducing their bills, and it will increase the availability of efficiency programs to help customers save and improve Virginia’s efficiency ranking. Energy efficiency supports more than 75,000 jobs in Virginia and generates more than $1.5b in revenue. Senator Sturtevant was named Conservatives for Clean Energy’s 2018 Clean Energy Champion Award for his efforts on this legislation.
NCEW Recognition with Delegate Tim Hugo
CCE VA caught up with Delegate Tim Hugo on Thursday to talk National Clean Energy Week. Delegate Hugo has been a strong supporter of clean energy issues during his time in the Virginia House of Delegates. Delegate Hugo was recognized earlier this year as CCE’s 2018 Clean Energy Champion. During the 2018 legislative session, Delegate Hugo carried legislation for Conservatives for Clean Energy that effectively eliminated the requirement for energy efficiency programs to pass the Ratepayer Impact Measure (RIM) Test in order to be approved by the State Corporation Commission. This legislation was overwhelmingly approved by both chambers of the legislature on a bipartisan basis, signed by the Governor, and is now state law. Delegate Hugo also passed legislation this year that declares that the construction or purchase of certain solar generation facilities, or the purchase of the energy, capacity, and environmental attributes from the facilities, is in the public interest, which will result in a tenfold increase to 5,000 megawatts in solar energy.