PEC Presentation on Data Centers & Virginia’s Clean Energy Future

On June 10, 2023, The Piedmont Environmental Council hosted our annual meeting in Loudoun County and featured a workshop on data centers and Virginia’s clean energy future. The presentation, given by PEC’s Senior Energy and Climate Policy Analyst Ashish Kapoor and Director of Land Use Julie Bolthouse, is available to view and download below.

Workshop description:

The Virginia Clean Economy Act of 2020 mandates that Dominion produce 100% of its energy from renewable sources by the year 2045. Understanding the importance of this goal and addressing the climate challenges before us, here’s a look at how The Piedmont Environmental Council’s work encourages policies, zoning, and individual actions that help reduce power demand and emissions, capture and sequester carbon in our forests and soils, and promote distributed renewable energy options. To add to the challenge, the proliferation of high energy use data centers is shifting the goalpost and making the VCEA goals all that much more difficult to meet. While the growth of data centers within the major data center hub of northern Virginia continues at a fast pace, communities throughout Virginia are also starting to see more data center proposals.

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