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Virginia Passes Landmark Zero Carbon Bill That Prioritizes Solar Access

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Mar 9, 2020 10:30:49 AM

An amended version of the Virginia Clean Economy Act cleared the Virginia House of Delegates and Senate and is now on its way to Governor Northam’s desk for signature. This landmark bill will enable the Commonwealth to achieve the ambitious climate goals Governor Northam laid out in Executive Order 43.
Following is a statement from Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), on the historic passage of the Virginia Clean Economy Act:
“This week Virginia leaders signaled that they’re ready for their solar future to begin. The Virginia Clean Economy Act is a landmark bill that will make Virginia zero carbon by 2050. By 2030, the bill will create nearly 30,000 solar jobs in the Commonwealth and generate billions of dollars of private investment, all while prioritizing rooftop solar access. The bill will completely transform energy in Virginia and is a bold step into the Solar+ Decade.
“Policies like the Virginia Clean Economy Act prioritize equity and customer choice, sparking much needed competition in states with monopoly utilities. This bill should become the new model for Southeastern states looking to stimulate local economies and make major progress on clean energy.
“Thanks to the leadership from the Virginia House of Delegates and Senate, we achieved what many thought would be impossible. We look forward to seeing Governor Northam sign this bill into law.” 

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Los Angeles City-Owned Buildings to Go 100% Carbon Free

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Feb 13, 2020 3:05:09 PM

Los Angeles is committing that all new or major retrofitted municipal buildings will be 100% carbon-free moving forward.

Mayor Garcetti's executive directive targets on building pollution is a part of a larger set of new measures related to L.A's sustainability plan. The announcement follows a wave of other cities like San Francisco and Seattle, which have committed all new government buildings to be all-electric or 100% emissions-free.

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Energy Department Announces $74 Million in Project Selections for Innovative Buildings Research

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Feb 11, 2020 3:26:39 PM

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $74 million for 63 selected projects to research, develop, and test energy-efficient and flexible building technologies, systems, and construction practices to improve the energy performance of our Nation’s buildings and electric grid. Awardees include National Laboratories, universities, small businesses, and industry partners.

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Transition to Electric Living Will Supercharge Job Growth

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jan 27, 2020 10:59:36 AM

The move away from fossil fuels will spur demand for about 100,000 skilled workers.

California's transition to all-electric homes and buildings could support more than 100,000 construction jobs and 4,000 manufacturing jobs annually for 25 years, according to a study by the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation and Inclusive Economics on the employment impacts of building decarbonization. Upon 100 percent electrification, employment in the electricity industry will have increased by up to 12,400 workers while decreasing gas extraction and utility employment by a maximum of 14,400 workers.

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