Jehmal Hudson is Chair of the Virginia State Corporation Commission.
In discussions with ten Commissioners from every end of the country, PUF's Paul Kjellander in late July asked about what's driving the energy transition in their states, their state's policies, barriers for the transition to overcome, and risks, also the role of consumer-owned energy.
PUF's Paul Kjellander: What do you see as the primary reasons that are driving the energy transition for the utilities in the Commonwealth of Virginia?
Chair Jehmal Hudson: Well, the Virginia Clean Economy Act, which our legislature enacted in 2020, sets out various requirements relative to the energy transition in Virginia, primarily applicable to our two largest investor-owned electric utilities, Dominion Energy Virginia, and Appalachian Power Company.
The VCEA established mandatory renewable portfolio standards rising to one hundred percent for Dominion by 2045 and one hundred percent for APCO by 2050.
For Dominion, the VCEA declares the construction or purchase of sixteen thousand one hundred megawatts of solar and onshore wind, five thousand two hundred megawatts of offshore wind, and two thousand seven hundred megawatts of energy storage resources to be in the public interest.