UPDATED – See below for full line up of media hits on this report.
The Sierra Club today issued a report entitled Power Failure – How Virginia is Losing the Competition For Clean Energy Jobs, that contrasts Virginia’s actions and incentives promoting energy efficiency and clean energy with the efforts of neighboring states.
“The Old Dominion can not remain wedded to old energy, but that is the course Governor McDonnell is pursuing,” said Glen Besa, Virginia Director of the Sierra Club. “Worse yet he appears indifferent or even hostile to clean energy and efficiency.”
The report notes that McDonnell earlier this year withdrew from the Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition composed of Governors from 26 states, and that he has failed to make key appointments to activate a new Offshore Wind Energy Authority in Virginia.
“The Governor continues to pursue offshore drilling to the detriment of other approaches that would create more jobs and a healthier environment,” said Ivy Main, an author of the report and the Virginia Sierra Club’s Renewable Energy Chair. “This report offers a number of recommendations to get Virginia back in the race with neighbors like North Carolina and Maryland. First and foremost, it calls on Governor McDonnell to support mandatory goals for renewal energy and efficiency.”
The Sierra Club is calling on Governor McDonnell to seek administrative and legislative actions to promote renewable energy in Virginia. The group points to an April 2010 study conducted by the Virginia Coastal Energy Research Consortium that says development of offshore wind in the state could create more than 10,000 career length jobs.
“If the governor is serious about making Virginia the Energy Capital of the East Coast, then offshore wind must be at the forefront of his plan to get us there. Last week’s announcements that the first offshore wind leases in the nation have been approved by the U.S. Department of Interior and that the Spanish wind firm Gamesa is partnering with Northrop-Grumman to develop a new generation of wind turbines in Virginia show that this technology is here and ready to be deployed,” continued Main. “It’s up to Governor McDonnell to seize this moment and invest in renewable energy and efficiency. That is where the jobs of Virginia’s future are.”
Virginia needs new energy ideas, Roanoke Times, Oct. 18, 2010
Sierra Club slams McDonnell’s Va. energy plan, Virginian-Pilot, Oct. 12, 2010
Sierra Club: McDonnell pursuing ‘old energy’, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Oct. 12, 2010
Virginia lags region in energy, group says, Richmond BizSense, Oct. 12, 2010
Google’s winds of change in Virginia, Washington Post, Oct. 13, 2010
Against the wind? Free Lance Star, Oct. 13, 2010
Sierra Club: McDonnell pursuing ‘old energy’, WSLS TV 10 Roanoke, Oct. 12, 2010
McDonnell keeps plugging away on Va. energy agenda, Daily Press, Oct. 9, 2010