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.

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Quick Update: Things to Know in Culpeper

Quick Update: Things to Know in Culpeper

Before we get to the end of the year, I want to give you a quick update on some issues we’ve been following in Culpeper …
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Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission Authorizes Data Center Study

On Dec. 11, 2023, the Virginia Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission passed a resolution authorizing a robust study into recent and expected trends within the data center industry …
Ask Loudoun Supervisors to Adopt the New Zoning Ordinance!

Ask Loudoun Supervisors to Adopt the New Zoning Ordinance!

This upcoming Wednesday, Dec. 13, the Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on the proposed revisions it made to the Planning Commission’s draft Zoning Ordinance …
Resources from the Hillsboro Town Hall on Transmission Lines and Data Centers – Nov. 30, 2023

Resources from the Hillsboro Town Hall on Transmission Lines and Data Centers – Nov. 30, 2023

On Thursday, Nov. 30, PEC hosted more than 150 people in Hillsboro to discuss transmission line and data center proposals in Loudoun …
Recording: General Assembly Preview

Recording: General Assembly Preview

On Saturday, Dec. 2, over 450 advocates banded together at Virginia Conservation Network’s 13 in-person Regional Watch Parties across the state or tuned in virtually to “preview” the critical environmental legislative action upcoming in the …
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Existing and Proposed Data Centers – A Web Map

How many data centers currently exist in Virginia? How many proposals are in the works? These are very good questions. It’s also extremely difficult to provide an answer, given there is no publicly available dataset …
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Data Centers on the Horizon: What’s the Big Deal?

This webinar is an opportunity to learn about the resource requirements of the data center industry and the impact of our collective digital footprints …
Representatives from several groups joined together at PEC’s o  ce on July 27 to kick o  a statewide data center reform coalition. Photo by Hugh Kenny

Virginia Data Center Reform Coalition to kick off with Dec. 1 press conference

Nonprofit organizations, homeowners’ groups, and residents from all over Virginia have joined forces to form a coalition that is calling for industry-wide data center reform …