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Moran Rolls Out Aggressive Energy Plan

Anita Kumar

Former Del. Brian Moran, a Democratic candidate for governor this year, announced his support of a mandatory commitment to renewable and alternative energy in the hopes of creating thousands of jobs across the state.

Currently, Virginia has a voluntary goal of getting 12 percent of the state's energy from renewable resources. Moran's plan, which would more than double the current standard and make it mandatory, calls for a 25 percent mandatory standard by 2025. It would put Virginia in the top ten states nationally.

"I have proposed a bold step, which will make Virginia a leader in renewable energy," Moran said. "The next governor needs to be looking toward the future and creating an environment which will attract good high-paying green jobs, and help Virginia grow in the green economy. My commitment to our environment and our economy is too strong to do anything less."

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D)'s Climate Change Commission called for an increase from the current voluntary 12 percent renewable portfolio standard to 15 percent.

One of Moran's opponents, former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe, last week called for making the existing the 12 percent standard mandatory.

The third Democratic candidate, Sen. R. Creigh Deeds joined Kaine yesterday in Virginia Beach to announce a proposal that would expand Virginia's green jobs initiative and create a permanent tax exemption for residential renewable energy projects.

"As we address the challenges of this economy and put in place a recovery package that gets us moving again, green jobs for hard-working, middle-class families are going to play a big role," Deeds said.

Deeds will introduce a bill in the senate that will expand a grant aimed at bringing green energy companies to Virginia and provide incentives for residential solar and wind energy by exempting those projects from state sales and use tax.

By Anita Kumar  |  January 13, 2009; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Terry McAuliffe  
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