Renewable energy and energy efficiency companies active in Northern Virginia and across the Commonwealth joined local elected officials at a June 29 Advanced Energy Roundtable hosted by the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce.
Local officials and members of trade and industry groups representing the renewable and energy efficiency sectors shared lessons learned and best practices, as well as ways they could all work together to address challenges in growing the energy sector of Virginia’s economy.
“The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce was proud to host today’s discussion involving a diverse group of business leaders and stakeholders to discuss the opportunities of growing advanced energy opportunities for the benefit of businesses throughout Northern Virginia,” Loudoun County Chamber CEO Tony Howard said in a statement. “Our members have led on sustainability efforts through investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency, and we remain committed to providing our members access to the latest information and resources that improve their operations in ways that help them ‘save green by going green.'”
Advanced energy employs more than 80,000 Virginians across the state. By increasing investment in advanced energy, the region could see a significant increase in affordable and reliable energy, Vice President of State Policy for Advanced Energy Economy J.R. Tolbert said in a statement.
“Collaborative, productive efforts like today’s discussion demonstrate how Virginia can lead in energy innovation — and benefit from savings, growth and economic competitiveness,” Tolbert said.
According to a report released by the Virginia Energy Efficiency Council (VAEEC), the energy efficiency industry generates $1.5 billion in revenue annually, said Cynthia Adams, CEO, Pearl Home Certification, and Chair, VAEEC Board of Directors.
“As a co-founder and member of the VAEEC, we are working to ensure the best policies are set in place to help our industry continue to grow. Working with other renewable energy and advanced energy associations can help us achieve our common goals,” Adams said.
Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) and VAEEC worked with the Loudoun County Chamber to organize the Roundtable. VAEEC and AEE are key state and national membership groups that have a strong presence in the Commonwealth. Both of these groups, along with all of the participating organizations, are committed to bringing more renewable energy and energy efficiency jobs to Virginia.
Advanced Energy Economy, Virginia Energy Efficiency Council, Dominion Energy, Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative, Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce, Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Arlington County, Loudoun County Public Schools, the Alliance Group, Apex Clean Energy, Lockheed Martin and Pearl Certification all participated in the roundtable event.