Coalition's 2020 Legislative Priorities

In the Path of the Pipeline: Berkeley Laury [Southern Environmental Law Center]

VA Clean Energy

VGR Priority legislation All VGC Priority Legislation

The Coalition supports these bills. Please contact your reps to let them know if you do, too!
Click on bill no. for full summary. Click on Patron name for additional patrons (sponsors).
Signed by Governor.
Passed Passed House or Senate.
Comm In Committee.
Read1/2/3 Read in chamber.
Reported Approved by Comm.
Recommends Recommended by Subcommittee.
Left Left in committee.
Incorp Incorporated into another bill.
Stricken Bill withdrawn.

House Senate Number Summary Chief Patron
Stricken Passed SB 992 Carbon trading program.
Passed Passed HB 1526 Virginia Clean Economy Act. Del. Rip Sullivan
Passed Passed SB 851 Virginia Clean Economy Act. Establishes a schedule by which Dominion Energy Virginia and American Electric Power are required to retire electric generating units located in the Commonwealth that emit carbon . . . Sen. Jennifer McClellan
Left HB 77 Green New Deal Act. Del. Sam Rasoul
Passed Passed HB 572 Solar Freedom. Del. Mark Keam
Incorp HB 912 Solar Freedom. Del. Marcus Simon
Passed Passed SB 710 Solar Freedom. Sen. Jennifer McClellan
Left HB 577 Low Emissions Motor Vehicle Program. Del. Mark L. Keam

Combat climate change by requiring 100% clean energy including the transportation sector by 2040.

The Coalition believes climate change is one of the biggest threats to the Commonwealth. It supports bills including the Virginia Clean Economy Act and the Green New Deal that aggressively move Virginia to a clean economy and zero carbon. To get there, however, Virginia must begin with campaign finance reform to remove the corrosive effects money has on the ability of Virginia to enact serious clean energy legislation and ensure meaningful oversight of utilities. Bills introduced by Senator Chap Petersen (SB 25) and Delegate Josh Cole (HB 111) do just that.

Petersen, who has introduced similar bills in the past, stated, ‘Virginians were clear in the last election that a cleaner and greener climate must be made a reality and the only way to do that is to first pass effective campaign finance reform. That is why, in this new Virginia majority, I will sponsor SB 25, my bill to eliminate donations from publicly-chartered monopolies.” Cole stated, “The election this past November ushered a new era in Virginia’s politics. I’m proud to start that new era with HB 111 which will ensure public utility companies will be held responsible for their actions. It’s time to return power back to the people.”

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Video: "Virginia Clean Economy Act" Unveiled. Is It Adequate to the Challenges and Opportunities We Face?,, Dec 19, 2019.

U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear case on unnecessary and destructive Atlantic Coast Pipeline, SELC, October 4, 2019.

Risky and Unnecessary Natural Gas Pipelines Threaten Our Region, SELC.

State-wide orgs

Green New Deal Virginia Coalition
Our collective efforts will redress two of the biggest crises we face: climate change and inequity.

Southern Environmental Law Center
SELC strengthens laws, makes government agencies do their job, and, when necessary, go to court to stop environmental abuses or to set far-reaching precedents.

Virginia Student Environmental Coalition
Network of students and young people organizing the youth climate movement in our state.

Virginia Environmental Justice Collaborative

Northern Virginia orgs

350 Loudoun, Leesburg VA
A local chapter of Bill McKibben's international

Earth Rise Indivisible, Centreville VA
Uses Indivisible techniques and resources to act on climate and environmental racism.

Herndon-Reston Indivisible, Herndon VA

The Climate Reality Project: NoVA Chapter, Fairfax VA
Local chapter of National environmental org founded by Al Gore.

Together We Will Loudoun, Loudoun County VA

We of Action Virginia, Arlington, VA

More organizations involved in Environmental Issues