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STILL Confused Why Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines Must Be...

At this point, given the overwhelming amount of anecdotal and scientific evidence (e.g., the current heat waves in Alaska and Europe; another hottest month...

Sorry (Not Sorry), Virginia Politicians: You Can’t Support New Fracked-Gas Pipelines...

Among the many other "joys" (most definitely in air quotes) of covering Virginia politics is listening to hypocritical elected officials and candidates talk about...

Gov. Northam’s 2018 Virginia Energy Plan Generally Focuses on the Right...

The following is from Gov. Ralph Northam's office. The plan itself is available here. From what I've seen, many of the items - energy...

New Video Demonstrates the Enormous Potential for Energy Efficiency to Slash...

Imagine that Dominion Energy - instead of wasting its money on building fracked-gas pipelines to nowhere (except perhaps climate catastrophe) and spending millions of...

Why Is Sen. Barbara Favola Buying Dominion’s B.S. Lock, Stock and...

What on earth is State Senator Barbara Favola babbling about here (see screen shot of her email late yesterday, below)? First of all: NO,...

Dominion Has a Pathetic Record on Energy Efficiency; Time For a...

by Melissa Christensen; cross posted from Power for the People VA Dominion Energy ranks 50th in energy efficiency among the 51 largest electric utilities in the...

Virginia State Corporation Commission Should Require Dominion to Substitute Clean Energy...

From the Virginia Citizens Consumer Council: VA CITIZENS CONSUMER COUNCIL: TO SPARE RATEPAYERS’ WALLETS, SCC SHOULD REQUIRE DOMINION TO KILL, NOT “PAUSE,” COSTLY NUCLEAR REACTOR...

The “Fuel” That’s Helping America Fight Climate Change Is NOT Natural...

by Ivy Main, cross posted from Power for the People VA You’ve heard the good news on climate: after a century or more of continuous...

Perriello’s Bill To Aid Rural Energy Efficiency Passes House

Rep. Tom Perriello saw his bill that would provide rural homeowners with loans to pay for energy efficiency upgrades pass the House of Representatives this week. At the same time, the law - if it can get past the "Party of NO" in the Senate, and that's a big "if" - would also provide thousands of construction jobs in the parts of Virginia hardest hit by the Great Recession.

The Rural Star legislation would set up a loan fund for local electric co-ops, which would then lend the money to its customers to finance home efficiency upgrades. The homeowners would repay the government loans over time through a surcharge on their electric bills. Because of efficiency cost savings to the customers, there would be little or no change in their monthly bill.

Rural electrical cooperatives are the result of actions by the administration of Franklin Roosevelt to bring electricity to the nine out of ten rural homes without it in the 1930's. They are still an integral part of electrical service in the U.S., including many of the most rural parts of Virginia. The co-ops are owned by the members and are non-profit entities.

If the people of the 5th District, in some fit of misplaced anger, don't re-elect Tom Perriello to Congress, they will lose the most effective representative the district has ever had. Plus, they will lose a representative who cares enough about them to show up in every part of that huge district, holding town halls, meeting constituents, and...not ducking debates.

Andrea McGimsey Fights for Energy Efficiency in Loudoun County

Superb work by Loudoun County Supervisor Andrea McGimsey on making Loudoun County more energy efficient, creating jobs, saving money, and protecting the environment.
The possibility of losing the Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program, which supports projects and outreach efforts such as the ones outlined in the Loudoun County Energy Strategy, has mobilized local leaders across the country to petition the White House and Congress for support.

, launched the Energy Block Grants Climate Communities, a national coalition led by 15 local government officials, including Loudoun County Supervisor Andrea McGimsey (D-Potomac)Work! campaign on Capitol Hill last week to try to save the program...

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The project that McGimsey found "the most exciting" involves applying integrated energy solutions to the Moorefield Station project -- a 400-acre, mixed-use development in southeastern Loudoun -- where the waste heat from the development's data center cluster will be recovered and used to heat nearby residences and businesses.

Beyond the benefit to the environment, McGimsey said, the projects save money, improve efficiency and create jobs. Calculations based on methodology provided by the Department of Energy show that the combined projects will create an estimated 70 private-sector jobs and save more than $125,000 in annual energy costs, she said.

"I come out of corporate America. I'm a businesswoman, and I look at these energy issues as being pro-business and also pro-environment," McGimsey said. "If you save energy, you put that money toward the bottom line of your company."

This is exactly what we should be doing in this country, and it demonstrates how badly we need leaders like Andrea McGimsey - people who "get it" on energy efficiency, by far the biggest "bang for the buck" when it comes to energy - in this country. Thank you, Ms. McGimsey, for your leadership in turning Loudoun "green!"