Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
Air Pollution Control Board
Regulation for Emissions Trading [9 VAC 5 ‑ 140]
Action Reduce and Cap Carbon Dioxide from Fossil Fuel Fired Electric Power Generating Facilities (Rev. C17)
Stage Proposed
Comment Period Ended on 4/9/2018
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3/5/18  11:11 am
Commenter: Alleyn Harned, Virginia Clean Cities

Support greenhouse gas plan, address transportation

Regulation of carbon emissions is critically important for the commonwealth of Virginia, a coastal state with a wide distribution of energy sources that can be used to generate electricity and other energies. Virginia clean cities serves as the commonwealth alternative fuel vehicle coalition, working with governments at state, regional, local, and federal level with businesses and vehicle operators with an effort to reduce greenhouse gas admissions in transportation.

While Virginia Clean Cities recognizes the truth that Virginia's largest source of carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases is the transportation sector, we recognize the value of reviewing our existing electricity portfolio and working towards cleaner sources of domestic fuels in and other greenhouse gas producing efforts. Virginia Clean Cities strongly supports involvement in regional greenhouse gas programs such as RGGI.  Many states that are involved in RGGI have additionally advanced transportation projects to mitigate the significant greenhouse gases from transportation. 

Virginia Clean Cities include electric vehicles in our portfolio, as well as hydrogen, ethanol and natural gas vehicles all utilizing electricity from the grid in some manner.  Hydrogen is energy storage, ethanol uses electricity to process grains into alcohols, and natural gas uses electricity in heavy duty compressors to increase fuel pressures up to automotive grade.  By improving the greenhouse footprint of Virginia's grid, we can further reduce the admissions in these cleaner domestic fuels.  Further, by using cleaner domestic fuels such as biomass, natural gas, or renewable energy for Virginia's electricity, we can benefit our economy and move Virginia forward. 

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