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Sweeping renewable energy bill poised for final passage

The House passed the Virginia Clean Economy Act 51-45 on Thursday, moving it to the Senate for its expected final passage.
Credit: AP Photo/Steve Helber
Del. Richard 'Rip' Sullivan, D-Arlington, left, as well as Del. Marcia 'Cia' Price, D-Newport News, center, talk with Del. Lashrecse Aird, D-Petersburg, right during the House session at the Capitol, Thursday, March. 5, 2020, in Richmond, Va.

RICHMOND, Va. — A sweeping energy bill intended to make Virginia a leader in the nation on addressing climate change cleared a key hurdle in the state House. 

The House passed the Virginia Clean Economy Act 51-45 on Thursday, moving it to the Senate for its expected final passage. 

Opponents of the measure have sounded the alarm on the enormous costs it would impose and the impact on captive ratepayers' bills. 

The measure would overhaul how utilities generate electricity, laying out a path toward zero carbon emissions by 2045. It paves the way for an enormous expansion of offshore wind generation, solar or onshore wind generation, and the use of battery storage technology. 

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