Dear Climate Friend:
As you know, the Virginia General Assembly is now in session.
CAAV’s Legislation and Elections committee has identified three climate-friendly bills that, if enacted, would make a difference. Below is a very brief summary of each one.
Please contact your Delegate and Senator, and urge them to support these bills. And please act quickly. The GA is moving rapidly through a great many bills. If you need the name and contact information for your Delegate and/or Senator, click here:
1) HB 1965–the Clean Cars bill. Allows State Air Pollution Control Board to establish ZEV (zero emissions vehicles) mandate beginning with 2025 vehicles
1) Environmental benefits – 48% of VA’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) come from the transportation sector. More LEV and ZEV vehicles will help reduce this pollution.
2) More ZEV options – Currently many dealerships in VA do not offer ZEVs because they do not want to or because they cannot get them. This law would be a signal to the manufacturers that VA is serious about ZEVs and they will send more ZEVs to VA to be sold.
3) Support the growing clean energy economy – More ZEVs on the road means VA will need to build more EV charging stations and hire more EV technicians, generating good-paying jobs for Virginians.
4) Increase demand for clean electricity – as more ZEVs are deployed, consumer awareness of the source of their electricity will grow, and consumers will want the utilities to provide them with cleaner electricity.
5) Long lead time – the 2025 implementation gives dealerships ample time to prepare for this transition.
2) HB 1979 EV Rebate bill
1) A state rebate of $2500 will reduce the upfront cost of a new or used EV.
2) This rebate will provide an additional $2,000 to low income Virginians, promoting equity.
3) Cash on the hood rebate reduces the final purchase or lease price of the EV.
3) HB 2215, patron Chris Runion
This bill extends the small agricultural generator benefits to businesses that sell Virginia agricultural products, businesses like wineries, breweries, distilleries, and farm markets. Originally, only farmers growing crops and raising farm animals were eligible for small agricultural generator benefits.