A follow up to previous post on Tim Kaine's green initiatives, 'Renew Virginia.' Kaine kicked off campaign last Thursday meeting with his economic development team and energy-related business owners to "..discuss strategies for attracting renewable energy companies to the Commonwealth, and unveiled plans to form interagency task force and create an energy marketing plan to attract green jobs to the Commonwealth," according to information on the website. Tom Farrell, the CEO of Dominion Power was among the 10 business leaders in attendance. Good or bad thing?
What's in Renew Virginia package, via Virginia.gov.
- Under the leadership of Secretary of Commerce and trade Patrick O. Gottschalk, an Interagency Task Force for Energy Project Recruitment will work with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership to build Virginia’s compelling case for renewable energy-related businesses. The task force will include state agencies, university research centers, and federal laboratories based in Virginia.
- The Governor has tasked VEDP with assembling an aggressive marketing plan for promoting Virginia’s business case for new investments and employment generating projects in renewable energy production and energy efficiency projects.
- The Governor’s 2009 legislative package, which will be unveiled in the coming weeks, will improve energy conservation, encourage green businesses to relocate to the Commonwealth, and help create a customer base for those already present.
- Through his roles as Chairman of the Chesapeake Bay Executive Council and of the Southern Governor’s Association, Governor Kaine has pledged to work for more aggressive policies for Bay cleanup, and to create a dialogue within the Southern States on ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and how our natural resources can be an asset for the nation in the area of energy independence.
This is long due for Virginia. Even though, the initiatives looks like work-in-progress. It's better late than never, no?
Because Virginia kinda behind Maryland in terms of renewable energy productions, energy efficiency projects and other of smart green choices.