Consumer Group Finds Virginia’s Emissions Have Fallen by 89% Amid Increasing Energy Demand

Consumer Group Finds Virginia’s Emissions Have Fallen by 89% Amid Increasing Energy Demand

Richmond, VA – Emissions in Virginia have fallen by as much as 89 percent since 1990, even as the Commonwealth’s increasing energy needs have been met with greater oil and natural gas use and new utility infrastructure, a Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) analysis released today finds. The counterintuitive trend demonstrates that it is possible to maintain sound environmental stewardship while also expanding energy production and supporting economic growth.

In less than 30 years, Virginia’s population has grown by more than 37 percent. At the same time, Virginia’s commercial and industrial sector turned into an economic powerhouse that CNBC called one of its “Top States for Business.” Yet, consumption during this same time went down in the industrial sector alone by 20 percent as efficiency improved and allowed companies to do more with less – showcasing how far energy efficiency has advanced through new processes and technologies.  Read More >>