WHEREAS, The Loudoun County Democratic Committee is a body that respects science, believes the predominant view of the scientific community that climate change is anthropogenic, and is working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions;

WHEREAS, The Renewables First Act (RFA) will place a moratorium on constructing new fossil fuel electric generation capacity until renewable energy generation facilities with 5,500 megawatts capacity are in operation in Virginia;

WHEREAS, According to the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) report on “Global Warming of 1.5°C”, the world faces severe, irreversible consequences if global temperatures increase by more than 1.5°C over pre-industrial levels. Limiting warming to 1.5°C would require “rapid and far-reaching” transitions in land, energy, industry, buildings, transport, and cities. The IPCC report’s modeling suggests that 70-80% of the world’s electricity will need to come from renewable sources by 2050;

WHEREAS, Less than 1 percent of Virginia’s total electricity generation came from solar in 2017;

WHEREAS, Virginia is 17th in the country in solar capacity, with 635 MW. North Carolina, a similar state in size and geography, is 2nd in the country with 4,490 MW;

WHEREAS, Virginia is currently one of only 9 states in the country without any utility-scale wind power;

WHEREAS, The Virginia Grid Transformation and Security Act of 2018 (VGTSA) establishes that 5500MW total of solar and wind capacity is in the public interest;

WHEREAS, The 2018 Virginia Energy Plan calls for 3000 MW of solar and onshore wind by 2022 and 2000 MW of offshore wind by 2028;

WHEREAS, Dominion’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) calls for meeting the coming capacity gap of 5500MW in its service area (which includes most of Virginia and some of North Carolina) by using a mix of renewables and a minimum of 8 natural gas plants; Therefore be it:

RESOLVED, On this, the 3rd day of January 2019, The Loudoun County Democratic Committee supports the passage of The Renewables First Act by the Virginia General Assembly;

RESOLVED, The Loudoun County Democratic Committee demands a justified and rapid transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

WHEREAS, The Loudoun County Democratic Committee is a body that respects science, believes the predominant view of the scientific community that climate change is anthropogenic, and is working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions;

WHEREAS, The Renewables First Act (RFA) will place a moratorium on constructing new fossil fuel electric generation capacity until renewable energy generation facilities with 5,500 megawatts capacity are in operation in Virginia;

WHEREAS, According to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) report on “Global Warming of 1.5°C”, the world faces severe, irreversible consequences if global temperatures increase by more than 1.5°C over pre-industrial levels. Limiting warming to 1.5°C would require “rapid and far-reaching” transitions in land, energy, industry, buildings, transport, and cities. The IPCC report’s modeling suggests that 70-80% of the world’s electricity will need to come from renewable sources by 2050;

WHEREAS, Less than 1 percent of Virginia’s total electricity generation came from solar in 2017;

WHEREAS, The Commonwealth of Virginia is 17th in the country in solar capacity, with 635 MW. North Carolina, a similar state in size and geography, is 2nd in the country with 4,490 MW;

WHEREAS, The Commonwealth of Virginia is currently one of only nine states in the country without any utility-scale wind power;

WHEREAS, The Virginia Grid Transformation and Security Act of 2018 (VGTSA) establishes that 5500 MW total of solar and wind capacity is in the public interest;

WHEREAS, The 2018 Virginia Energy Plan calls for 3000 MW of solar and onshore wind by 2022 and 2000 MW of offshore wind by 2028;

WHEREAS, Dominion Electric’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) calls for meeting the coming capacity gap of 5500 MW in its service area (which includes most of Virginia and some of North Carolina) by using a mix of renewables and a minimum of 8 natural gas plants;

Therefore be it: RESOLVED, On this, the 3rd day of January 2019, The Loudoun County Democratic Committee supports the passage of The Renewables First Act by the Virginia General Assembly;

RESOLVED, The Loudoun County Democratic Committee demands a justified and rapid transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

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