Virginia

Virginia Prioritizes Environmental Justice in its Beginning Phases of Climate Disaster Planning

Since Democrats gained majorities in both houses of the Virginia legislature in the midterm election, the Virginia General Assembly has been making vast strides in the development of climate legislation. With the significant passage of the Virginia Clean Economy Act...

Virginia Joins the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, Finally

In a tweet this July, Governor Ralph Northam announced Virginia's determination to tackle climate change by officially joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a cap-and-invest program in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic that places a limit on electricity sector emissions. “As...

The Future of Virginia’s Solar Market and Its Goal to Leave No Resident Behind

Having the opportunity to power your home with solar energy has historically been a privilege. In Virginia, a typical solar installation in 2020 costs around $13,000 upfront; therefore, as a household’s income increases, so does their likelihood of having an...

Virginia set to join RGGI — A massive step forward for cap-and-invest

In a landmark decision last week, Virginia passed the Clean Economy Act in both the House and Senate. The legislation sets the state to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a regional cap-and-invest program for the electric sector in...

Virginia moves forward on RGGI with the Clean Economy Act

In November 2019, for the first time since 1994, Virginia Democrats gained a majority in the state’s House and Senate, a partisan shift that put the state in a position to pass strong climate policy this session. Passing any sort of...

eXchange ’19 Mid-Atlantic: Vision & Opportunity for Climate Action in the Region

This week, Climate XChange held the Mid-Atlantic Carbon Solutions Summit, a second in a series of regional gatherings we are holding this fall. Earlier this month, the team spent the week in New Mexico for our Southwest Summit, and in...

Ralph Northam Backtracks on RGGI Promises

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam became a household name after a yearbook photo of him donning blackface surfaced just months into his term. Northam subsequently held a press conference in which he denied being in the racist photo but admitted to...