Virginia passes bill to reach 100% clean power by 2045

The Virginia Senate Bill 851 requires the state to source all of its power from carbon-free sources such as renewables, nuclear and CCS-equipped fossil fuel plants

The US state of Virginia has passed a bill putting it on a path to using 100% clean energy by 2045.

As part of efforts to reduce its climate impacts, it has passed the Virginia Senate Bill 851, which requires it to source all of its power from carbon-free sources such as renewables and nuclear - the bill still requires a signature from Governor Ralph Northam, who signed an executive order last year to deliver carbon-neutral power across the state by 2050.

The bill notes fossil fuel-fired power plants could still continue to operate if equipped with carbon capture and storage technologies, which are currently still costly and difficult to deploy at scale.

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