Public Comments for 02/15/2021 Labor and Commerce - Subcommittee #3
SB1223 - Va. Energy Plan; amends Plan to include an analysis of electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
Last Name: Leyen Organization: Virginia League of Conservation Voters Locality: Richmond

Virginia League of Conservation Voters urges you to suppport SB1223 and SB1284. Reasons to SUPPORT SB1223: - Electrifying transportation must be a key part of any comprehensive strategy to reduce the health and environmental impacts of greenhouse gases and other air pollutants, and this bill will ensure that transportation electrification is a core component of Virginia’s Energy Plan. - Without this simple, yet important policy change, Virginia will undercut its ability to maximize the health, environmental, economic, and consumer benefits that electric vehicles (EVs) can bring, hindering the ability to meet its 2045 decarbonization goal. - This bill would ensure the state focuses on access to EV chargers in lower and moderate income communities. A lack of accessible charging infrastructure is an acute problem for Virginians who live in lower-income neighborhoods and multifamily housing. Without charging access, residents in these communities can be locked out of this clean, increasingly affordable transportation option. Reasons to SUPPORT SB1284: - Revises Virginia’s Commonwealth Energy Policy to be a “Clean Energy” policy, updating the energy policy and future energy plans to reflect the state’s commitment to carbon neutrality and environmental justice. - Recognizes the need to promote environmental justice within the state’s clean energy policy. - Recognizes the need to address and prevent energy inequities in historically economically disadvantaged communities. - Reorients and streamlines the state’s energy policy and energy plan to be consistent with the 100% clean energy goals of the Commonwealth.

Last Name: LeMenestrel Organization: Virginia Democracy Forward (VADF) Locality: McLean

Dear Members of the Committee & Committee Chair: The need for serious investment in charging infrastructure never has been more obvious. Public health, specifically the quality of the air we breathe and the climate crisis are emerging as global priorities. The livability of our urban environments is being reassessed. We need to realize the need for cleaner, stronger and more resilient economies. It's high time for Virginia to walk up to electrified transportation as a tool in furthering all of those goals - and in doing so, creating a large number of jobs. SB1223 is the first step to move forward with this priority - please support this common-sense bill.

Last Name: Lang Organization: Virginia Grassroots Coalition; Virginia Democracy Forward Locality: Arlington

I am asking for your support for SB1223, Sen. Boysko's bill relating to an electric vehicle grant fund and program. SB1223 is a modest bill that would have Virginia's Energy Plan include a component to assess EV adoption and EV charging infrastructure. It also directs the Commonwealth to keep tabs on transportation electrification. The bill will help to identify needs, including infrastructure, and advance the adoption of EV vehicles. Ultimately, it will help VA meet its goal of a 2045 net-zero carbon target. Thanks so much for your support. Annette Lang. Arlington

Last Name: Clewett Organization: Lewinsville Faith in Action Locality: Fairfax County

To survive the climate crisis, we need to clean up electricity generation, and then electrify everything else. The Clean Economy Act is working on the former; SB1223 helps address the latter, in the key transportation sector, which produces almost half of Virginia’s greenhouse gas emissions and dangerous particulate pollution. • Analyzing electric vehicle adoption and charging infrastructure, identifying impediments to deployment, and ensuring that everyone can benefit, will help achieve the Commonwealth Energy Policy’s 2045 net-zero carbon target by accelerating the electrification of all vehicle categories. • We have an historic opportunity to aid the transition to a clean-energy economy that will increase prosperity and human health, promote economic and environmental justice, and help avoid catastrophic global warming. • But to do so, we need information on which to base smart, cost-effective policy. SB1223 will help provide that information, and it deserves your enthusiastic support. I urge you to vote YEA on SB1223. Thank you.

Last Name: Gerena Organization: Drive Electric RVA Locality: Chesterfield County

Drive Electric RVA supports SB 1223 as part of a package of bills that will accelerate the electrification of transportation in Virginia. As power generation gets cleaner and distributed solar and wind generation becomes more prevalent, there is a huge opportunity to leverage this clean energy to make transportation cleaner too. Therefore, electrifying transportation must be a key part of any comprehensive strategy to reduce the health and environmental impacts of greenhouse gases and other air pollutants, and this bill will ensure that it is a core component of Virginia’s Energy Plan. SB 1223 adds an assessment of EV adoption and EV charging infrastructure development to Virginia’s Energy Plan process. The bill also directs the Commonwealth to track transportation electrification, which will help identify where infrastructure is needed and highlight opportunities to lower obstacles to, and accelerate, EV adoption, with particular attention to historically economically disadvantaged communities.

Last Name: Lewis Organization: The Nature Conservancy Locality: Charlottesville

The Nature Conservancy supports SB1223-Boysko. This timely bill would ensure that subsequent Virginia Energy Plans will include analysis of current and projected electric vehicle sales and their impact on the Commonwealth’s electric system. Transportation is the largest source of carbon dioxide emissions in Virginia (48.5%). Electrifying the transportation sector is vital to avoiding the worst impacts of climate change because it can dramatically reduce the carbon pollution associated with transportation. This bill is one piece of a comprehensive proactive approach to prepare for the increased demand that that vehicle electrification will place on the power sector.

Last Name: Pien Organization: Earth Rise Indivisible, Loudoun Climate Project, Unitarian Universalist Church of Loudoun Earth Justice Team Locality: Leesburg

Electrification of Virginia's transportation system is an essential step towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions to mitigate climate change. Transportation is the single highest sector contributing to climate change in VA. Personal vehicles cause 70% of pollution from the transportation sector. Analysis of electric vehicle charging infrastructure is critical to electrifying VA's transportation system. Please pass SB1223. Thank you.

SB1284 - Commonwealth Clean Energy Policy; established.
Last Name: LeMenestrel Organization: Virginia Democracy Forward (VADF) Locality: McLean

Virginia Democracy Forward (VADF) supports this bill and urges passage. Reasons for supporting: Proposed changes strengthen the Commonwealth policy statement, making it more consistent and to the point. Changes further align the policy statement with Northam administration's stated goals on clean energy and carbon emissions reduction targets.

Last Name: Leyen Organization: Virginia League of Conservation Voters Locality: Richmond

Virginia League of Conservation Voters urges you to suppport SB1223 and SB1284. Reasons to SUPPORT SB1223: - Electrifying transportation must be a key part of any comprehensive strategy to reduce the health and environmental impacts of greenhouse gases and other air pollutants, and this bill will ensure that transportation electrification is a core component of Virginia’s Energy Plan. - Without this simple, yet important policy change, Virginia will undercut its ability to maximize the health, environmental, economic, and consumer benefits that electric vehicles (EVs) can bring, hindering the ability to meet its 2045 decarbonization goal. - This bill would ensure the state focuses on access to EV chargers in lower and moderate income communities. A lack of accessible charging infrastructure is an acute problem for Virginians who live in lower-income neighborhoods and multifamily housing. Without charging access, residents in these communities can be locked out of this clean, increasingly affordable transportation option. Reasons to SUPPORT SB1284: - Revises Virginia’s Commonwealth Energy Policy to be a “Clean Energy” policy, updating the energy policy and future energy plans to reflect the state’s commitment to carbon neutrality and environmental justice. - Recognizes the need to promote environmental justice within the state’s clean energy policy. - Recognizes the need to address and prevent energy inequities in historically economically disadvantaged communities. - Reorients and streamlines the state’s energy policy and energy plan to be consistent with the 100% clean energy goals of the Commonwealth.

Last Name: Pien Organization: Earth Rise Indivisible, Loudoun Climate Project, Unitarian Universalist Church of Loudoun Earth Justice Team Locality: Leesburg

In the absence of neither HB1937 Green New Deal Act nor HB2292, support SB1284 in order to: 1. promote environmental justice within the state’s clean energy policy.; 2. address and prevent energy inequities in historically economically disadvantaged communities; 3. to be consistent with the 100% clean energy goals of the Commonwealth.

SB1295 - Electric utilities; procurement of certain equipment.
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