Virginia’s 100% renewables by 2050, 3.1GW of energy storage by 2035 goals look good to go

Governor Ralph Northam is more than likely to sign off on the bills - given that he was their instigator. Image: Flickr user Sabreguy.

While it still needs a signature from Governor Ralph Northam, the US Commonwealth of Virginia’s bicameral lawmaking body has finally passed a version of a recent clean energy - and economy - bill that has proven acceptable to both sides of the house.

The finalised, much-amended bill can be viewed here, setting out the technical and policy conditions by which Virginia can reach Governor Northam’s proposed goal of 100% renewables by 2050. This includes peak shaving programmes; support for rooftop solar and for wind energy; coal phase-out mandates for utilities Dominion Energy and American Electric Power, which have held sway in the energy mix until now; and a 3,100MW energy storage deployment target by 2035 (with 2,700MW for Dominion and 400MW for AEP).

To read the full version of this story, visit PV Tech.

Stay up to date with the latest news, analysis and opinions. Sign up here to the Energy-Storage.news Newsletter.