Terry McAuliffe on Energy & Oil
Democratic nominee for Governor; previously DNC Chair
Cap carbon emissions from Virginia's electric utilities
Last year, Governor McAuliffe signed an Executive Directive to begin the process of capping carbon emissions from Virginia's electric utilities and use the power of the market to foster growth and innovation in the clean energy sector. The Clean Energy
Virginia initiative is an incredible opportunity to create the next generation of energy jobs and lead the fight against climate change -- and my administration will implement it fully.
Source: Gov. Northam's Virginia 2018 State of the State speech
, Jan 16, 2018
Signed 11 bills to promote solar & renewable energy
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed 11 bipartisan bills passed by the General Assembly earlier this year that promote the use of solar and other renewable energy options and aim to reduce energy consumption across the commonwealth.
Source: Fauquier Times on 2017 Virginia gubernatorial race
, May 8, 2017
- SB 1393--7th
District Sen. Frank Wagner--Authorizes Community Solar Pilot Programs that allow citizens and businesses the ability to "subscribe" to receive electricity generated by a small centrally-located solar generation system.
- SB 1394/HB 2303--Sen. Frank
Wagner and 10th District Delegate Randy Minchew--Establishes Small Agricultural Generators Program: a new framework for the generation of renewable energy at agricultural facilities and how that energy can be sold to utilities.
SB 1395--Sen. Frank Wagner--Size of projects eligible for Permit by Rule: increases the allowable maximum size of renewable projects from 100MW to 125MW.
Renewables an economic development opportunity
We will make Virginia more energy independent and stimulate economic growth by expanding our use of renewable energy. Recently, we met with the leaders from Microsoft, Google and Amazon, and they made it clear that they will only do business and create
jobs in states that can provide renewable energy to power their operations. Renewables also offer an opportunity for our manufacturing sector, so that every single solar panel or wind turbine we install has "Made in Virginia" stamped right on it.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Virginia legislature
, Jan 13, 2016
Diversify our fuel mix with zero-carbon emitting sources
The energy sector in Virginia holds tremendous potential for economic growth and development, but this potential will be unfulfilled if we are complacent.
This session we will advocate for legislation to increase the diversity of our fuel mix through increased utilization of zero-carbon emitting sources such as solar, wind, and nuclear.
These growing technologies will not only help Virginia create new jobs, they will also reduce our emissions as we work to mitigate the impacts of global warming.
We will work to increase renewable development through public-private partnerships by
creating the Virginia Solar Development Authority. And we will introduce legislation to create an energy economic development fund to provide Virginia with yet another tool to attract new, large job creating businesses and help existing businesses grow.
Source: State of the State address to 2015 Virginia Legislature
, Jan 14, 2015
Co-founded GreenTech electric car company, in Mississippi
Cuccinelli has been especially critical of GreenTech, the electric car company that McAuliffe co-founded, because it considered placing a factory in Southside Virginia but chose to put it in Mississippi instead after getting a generous incentive
package from that state's government.
McAuliffe said that he "would love to have put a plant in Virginia" but that companies have a "fiduciary" duty to investors.
"Okay, you picked Mississippi, so run for governor of Mississippi," Cuccinelli said.
Source: Washington Post on 2013 Virginia governor debates
, Jul 21, 2013
2012: Started GreenTech electric car company & soon resigned
Terry McAuliffe appeared with his good friend Bill Clinton at the ribbon-cutting for Mr. McAuliffe's electric car company in July 2012, the campaign-style event, complete with "Born in the U.S.A." blaring.
McAuliffe resigned as GreenTech's chairman
last year but publicly acknowledged it only this month. Documents have surfaced questioning his explanation for why he located the plant in Mississippi, not Virginia, including memos from Virginia officials expressing "grave doubts" about his business
model and suggesting its financing was a "visa-for-sale scheme" for Chinese investors.
McAuliffe said the struggles of GreenTech--which once promised 1,500 jobs but today employs only 78 at its plant--are typical of any start-up in a tough
economy. "How many people start electric car companies?" he said in an interview. "How many do it in a recession?"
Ken Cuccinelli has seized on the GreenTech saga in an attempt to attack McAuliffe's chief asset as a candidate, his business acumen.
Source: New York Times on 2013 Virginia governor debates
, Apr 26, 2013
Capture wind offshore: for jobs & green energy
The US has created 2,675,545 clean energy jobs. Unfortunately, Virginia only has 2.5% of those jobs, or 66,772. This is unacceptable, and I know we can do better. Our neighbors to the south and west are already getting ahead and we need to catch up and
then take the lead.
There is a lot we can do. We've got over 1,000 megawatts of wind power we could be capturing onshore. Building this capacity would result in $2.7 million in new payments to landowners, $9.1 million in new property tax revenues, over
1,500 new construction jobs and over 200 new long-term jobs.
We also know we can create thousands more jobs by encouraging energy efficiency and supporting people in making their homes and businesses more efficient.
These kinds of renovations employ construction workers and keep building supplies moving through the economy, while saving homeowners and businesses money every month on their utility bills.
Source: VA Governor 2013 campaign website, terrymcauliffe.com
, Mar 23, 2013
Supports tradable emissions permits for greenhouse gases.
McAuliffe adopted the manifesto, "A New Agenda for the New Decade":
Modernize Environmental Policies
National environmental policies, mostly developed in the 1970s, have been remarkably successful in improving the quality of our air and water. But we face a new set of environmental challenges for which the old strategy of centralized, command-and-control regulation is no longer effective.
The old regime of prohibitions and fines levied on polluters is not well equipped to tackle problems such as climate change, contamination of water from such sources as farm and suburban runoff, loss of open lands, and sprawl. Without relaxing our determination to maintain and enforce mandatory national standards for environmental quality, it is time to create more effective, efficient, and flexible ways of achieving those standards.
For example, a system of tradable emissions permits would give factories, power plants, and other sources of air pollution and greenhouse gases a powerful incentive not only to meet but to exceed environmental standards. Decisions about solving local environmental problems should be shifted from Washington to communities, without weakening national standards. Finally, to empower citizens and communities to make sound decisions, government should invest in improving the quality and availability of information about environmental conditions.
Goals for 2010
Source: The Hyde Park Declaration 00-DLC10 on Aug 1, 2000
- Create a domestic emissions trading system to reduce greenhouse gases by 10 percent.
- Promote innovative agreements for community and regional partnerships to achieve national environmental goals and standards through local strategies.
- End government subsidies for sprawl.
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