Energy Matters

PEC is working to support an energy system that is smarter, more efficient and better accounts for the negative externalities arising from the choices we make about energy consumption, generation, transmission and distribution.

We are advocating for a more distributed system that is less reliant on distant generating sources and incorporates a mix of local renewable power — customer owned, community based and utility scale. Recognizing Virginia is in the early stages of its energy transition, we believe now is the time to reimagine and rebuild our energy system in a way that is just and fair to all residents and ratepayers.

Hidden Costs of the Cloud: Data Centers in Virginia

Data Centers & Energy Demand

Virginia is undergoing a massive economic, technological, and environmental transformation, all centered around the activities of one industry: data centers …
Energy Efficiency & Conservation

Energy Efficiency & Conservation

Be a part of the energy solution—find out how you can participate in reducing demand. Learn about 10 easy, do-it-yourself …
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Solarize Piedmont

For a limited time each year, residents and businesses within PEC’s nine-county service area can take advantage of Solarize Piedmont …
Additional Information: Belmont Innovation Campus Rezoning

Additional Information: Belmont Innovation Campus Rezoning

Often, data center rezoning applications that come before the Board of Supervisors are, in fact, not submitted by data center developers like Meta, Amazon Web Services, etc. Rather, many rezonings are at the request of …
Data Center Reform Campaign Coordinator

Data Center Reform Campaign Coordinator

The Piedmont Environmental Council is hiring a Campaign Coordinator to organize and advance advocacy around data centers …
Wednesday’s historic data center denial in Loudoun

Wednesday’s historic data center denial in Loudoun

As you may have seen in the local news, on Wednesday evening the Loudoun Board of Supervisors voted 5-4 to deny the Belmont Innovation Campus rezoning application …
Resources from the Loudoun Virtual Community Meeting on Data Centers and Energy Infrastructure – March 4, 2024

Resources from the Loudoun Virtual Community Meeting on Data Centers and Energy Infrastructure – March 4, 2024

On March 4, 2024 PEC held a virtual community meeting about the explosive growth of data centers in Loudoun County and the surrounding region and the new transmission line projects proposed to meet their energy …
Data Centers in Loudoun: Free Webinar March 4; Critical Public Hearing March 13

Data Centers in Loudoun: Free Webinar March 4; Critical Public Hearing March 13

Loudoun County is known as the “data center capital of the world” for good reason: there are more data centers here than in any other single jurisdiction across the globe …
Data Center Legislation in the 2024 Virginia General Assembly

Data Center Legislation in the 2024 Virginia General Assembly

Numerous pieces of legislation related to data center reform were introduced as part of the 2024 Virginia General Assembly Session. Unfortunately, the majority of the bills were defeated or carried over to the 2025 Virginia …
Three Advocacy Priorities That Need Your Attention

Three Advocacy Priorities That Need Your Attention

Since the General Assembly began its 2024 session, the newly-opened General Assembly office building and the Capitol have seen frenetic activity, day in and day out. Many bills that were introduced in January have now …
Resources from the Purcellville Community Meeting on Transmission Lines and Data Centers – Jan. 22, 2024

Resources from the Purcellville Community Meeting on Transmission Lines and Data Centers – Jan. 22, 2024

On Monday, Jan. 22, we hosted a community meeting on data centers and energy infrastructure in Purcellville. It was great to have more than 170 people join us at Woodgrove High School to learn more …