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Virginia Clean Economy Act

The Virginia Clean Economy Act (VCEA) passed the Virginia legislature and was signed into law by Governor Ralph Northam on April 14, 2020. The VCEA  will transition Virginia to 100% clean energy by 2050, eliminating carbon emissions and investing in clean renewable energy, creating thousands of jobs.

Dozens of companies in Virginia spoke up and helped pass this landmark bill. A big thanks to Akamai Technologies, IKEA Group, Kaiser Permanente, Mars, Nestlé, Schneider Electric, Unilever, and Worthen Industries for speaking up on behalf of the VCEA and its importance for the state of Virginia!

Read our statement on the passage of VCEA.

Key Points about VCEA


  1. ECONOMIC GROWTH - The VCEA will create up to 13,000 jobs per year in Virginia’s advanced energy industry, and produce $69.7 billion in net benefits for Virginians. It invests strategically in Virginia’s energy efficiency, rooftop solar and offshore wind industries.
  2. CONSUMER PROTECTION - The VCEA develops an Energy Efficiency Resource Standard to help households and businesses reduce energy waste and save money. It provides additional energy efficiency help for marginalized communities, including low-income weatherization, and assistance for veterans and the disabled. It prevents spikes in electric bills by capping how much ratepayers can be charged. It closes loopholes to keep energy monopolies from burning fossil fuels to sell electricity out of state.
  3. CLEAN AIR - The VCEA eliminates all harmful carbon emissions from Virginia utilities by 2050, and wipes out pollution from power plants that harms public health. It expands consumer ownership through rooftop and shared solar. It bolsters Virginia’s coastal communities by investing in programs to combat erosion and destruction on shores. It helps to protect Virginia’s natural resources for future generations.

Frequently Asked Questions

ClimateVoice campaigns are designed to allow you to voice your support for key legislative initiatives that can lead to significant climate-positive impact. Our three active campaigns today focus on CEJA (Illinois), the Clean Economy Act (Virginia), and TCI (East Coast).

When you voice your support for these campaigns by signing the pledge, we will add your voice to a petition targeted at companies who should be speaking up on these initiatives.

At the end of each campaign, we will send a letter to companies, thanking those that spoke up, and calling out those that didn’t.

We will engage in campaign through the media and social networks to shine a bright spotlight on what we expect of companies, which companies are stepping up, and which aren’t.

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