Virginia's Clean Energy Role
Our organization will help lead the conversation about the economic benefits of clean and renewable energy sources to Virginia’s economy. We educate policy makers and industry leaders on the benefits of clean energy development, and serve as a voice for the many conservatives who want to increase the choices and availability of clean energy sources in Virginia. Overwhelmingly, voters support policies in the Commonwealth to promote a true “all of the above” energy strategy.
Like many states, the Commonwealth is experiencing growth in the clean energy industry, which includes an increase in renewable energy sources. And yet, in the midst of a changing energy market coordinated action is required to position the Commonwealth as a leader in innovative energy generation and utilization. To compete for clean energy jobs and economic development, Virginia must continue to leverage its business-friendly climate, quality educational institutions, vast resources, and support policies to facilitate growth.
Virginia has seen recent growth in large utility-scale solar projects, driven in part by legislation approved in 2015 to declare 500MW of utility-scale solar in the public interest. In 2016, Dominion partnered with Amazon Web Services to bring online their first 80-megawatt solar facility in Accomack County. The 2018 legislative session was one of the most aggressive at advancing clean energy policies in recent history. As a result of the legislation, Virginia will see an unprecedented amount of clean energy put in the public interest, including solar, wind, and battery storage. Our grid will be modernized and transformed to accommodate the growth in clean energy. The Commonwealth will make great strides in improving energy efficiency programs, helping customers save money on their utility bills and reducing overall energy demand. Virginians will also have more rights to install solar on their own property.
There are many other opportunities for the development of clean energy here in Virginia. Whether related to energy efficiency, smaller distributed renewable energy, biofuels (methane-to-gas), wind power, or the advancement of new clean energy technologies, Virginia should continue to advance policies to support an “all-of-the-above” strategy that emphasizes clean energy growth.
Ron Butler | State Director
Ron Butler serves as the State Director for Conservatives for Clean Energy – Virginia. A nationally recognized political professional, Ron works to educate Virginians about the benefits of clean energy, and with local conservative leaders who believe clean energy is an important part of the ‘all of the above’ approach to energy policy.
Ron was founding partner of Creative Direct, one of the largest and most successful Republican voter contact firms in the nation. Under Ron’s leadership, Creative Direct played a pivotal role in some of the biggest Republican victories across the nation including many U.S. Senators, Governors, members of Congress and state elected offices.
Prior to forming Creative Direct, Ron served as political director for the Republican Party of Virginia, field director for the Republican National Committee, as well as running campaigns for statewide offices. He lives in Richmond, VA with his wife Elizabeth, who serves on the Republican Party of Virginia State Central Committee. They have two college aged children attending VCU and VMI.
Andrew Lamar | Advisor
Andrew brings over a decade of political and legislative experience to Conservatives for Clean Energy Virginia. He has served as Policy Advisor and Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs to the Governor of Virginia, where he helped develop legislative strategy and oversaw coordination between the Governor’s Office, the Cabinet, and the General Assembly to advance the Governor’s policy agenda. He was Campaign Manager for House Speaker Bill Howell, served on the record setting McDonnell for Governor campaign in 2009, and has advised several other successful candidates for state office here in Virginia.
Skyler Zunk | State Field Director, Virginia Land & Liberty Coalition
A native Virginian, Skyler brings a span of government, campaign, and private sector experience to his role leading the Land and Liberty Coalition in the Commonwealth.
Skyler served in the Trump Administration as Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt’s Special Assistant. At the Department of the Interior, Skyler witnessed large-scale energy projects in all phases of development from the Hoover Dam to solar projects in the Mojave Desert to oil flats in south Florida.
Recently, Skyler returned to central Virginia to serve as Director of Operations on Delegate Kirk Cox’s bid for Governor. Skyler’s grass roots experience in conservative campaigns and causes extends across the Commonwealth. His volunteer efforts placed him in leadership roles within the College Republicans and on the 6th Congressional District Republican Committee.
Skyler is a proud alumnus of Washington and Lee University where he studied Politics and Business. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, kayaking, skiing, and hunting.