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Virginia lawmakers send 'historic' energy bill to governor

The state Senate advanced the Virginia Clean Economy Act on a vote of 22-17, sending the bill to Gov. Ralph Northam a day after the House passed it.
Credit: AP Photo/Steve Helber
Del. Richard 'Rip' Sullivan, D-Arlington, second from left, talks with Del. Martha Mugler, D-Hampton, center right, and other Delegates during the House session at the Capitol Thursday, March 5, 2020, in Richmond, Va. Sullivan is leading the floor debate on the renewable energy bills.

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia lawmakers have given final passage to a sweeping energy bill that would overhaul how the state's utilities generate electricity. 

Environmental groups and other renewable energy advocates said Friday that they considered passage of the Virginia Clean Economy Act a historic step toward addressing climate change. 

The state Senate advanced the Virginia Clean Economy Act on a vote of 22-17, sending the bill to Gov. Ralph Northam a day after the House passed it. 

Critics of the measure raised concerns about its enormous price tag and whether state regulators have enough oversight of how that will impact customers' electric bills. 

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