Virginia has set an aggressive target to produce 100% clean energy by 2050, but it will require strong, bold leadership to protect ratepayers and hold industries accountable in the transition to renewable energy.
Terry recognizes that investing in clean energy and decarbonization is critical to the health of our communities and environment, as well as our economy. Clean energy is cheaper for Virginia ratepayers and produces high-paying and sustainable jobs for the workforce. There are over 100,000 Virginians working in advanced energy jobs and the market will continue to grow exponentially.
As our next Governor, Terry will continue to champion progressive and innovative solutions to solidify our clean energy future including creating clean schools, facilitating the development of new clean energy technologies, incentivizing existing clean energy technologies, lifting up rural economies, improving energy efficiency and championing decarbonization efforts. He will also begin to decarbonize our roads by incentivizing the use of clean transportation in an equitable way.
As Virginia’s 72nd Governor, Terry made renewable energy a key pillar of his efforts to build a new Virginia economy – laying the groundwork for Virginia to be a national leader in the clean energy space.
His executive actions allowed Virginia to be the first southern state to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and created the VirginiaSAVES program, which helps businesses reduce energy consumption and supports alternative fuel projects.
Terry also dramatically increased the number of solar megawatts in Virginia, increasing from 8 MW in 2013 to 620 MW in 2017, and grew the solar sector jobs by 65 percent in 2016. He set an aggressive goal of producing 500MW of solar energy, which the state exceeded by 2017.
Terry created the Virginia Advisory Council on Environmental Justice to address the inequities in our energy policy that for too long have disproportionately impacted Black and Brown Virginians.