Green Energy, Green Jobs, and Safe Communities
"As someone who has spent years in the trenches of environment and energy public policy, I understand the impact that the environment has on human health. As a father, I also understand the peace of mind that all parents want: to know that their children and families are safe from environmental toxins. That's why I'm determined to continue fighting for safer communities, coastal protection, energy efficiency, conservation, clean water, and remediation of toxic sites."
In the General Assembly, Alfonso successfully:
- Founded and serves as the co-chair of the Virginia Environment and Renewable Energy Caucus in the General Assembly.
- Passed a bill extending the Virginia Green Jobs Tax Credit, which encourages the growth of renewable energy industries across Virginia.
- Made it easier to build more environmentally friendly vehicles in Virginia, reducing our dependence on fossil fuels.
- Closed loopholes in our statewide renewable energy goals to encourage investment in new renewable energy in Virginia.
- Expanded the limit on non-residential solar net-metering projects in Virginia to incentive more solar projects throughout the Commonwealth.
- Introduced and helped pass legislation to strengthen the building codes for Virginia’s public buildings so they are more energy efficient and environmentally friendly.
- Worked with VDOT to replace trees lost on current and future VDOT projects in our District.
- Fought to increase funding for the Storm Water Local Assistance Fund and the Agricultural Best Management Practices program to reduce polluted run-off into the Chesapeake Bay.
- Passed a resolution recognizing the last Saturday in September as Public Lands Day in Virginia to celebrate this important natural resource.
As Delegate, Alfonso will support legislation that will:
- Create a mandatory renewable portfolio standard (RPS) of at least 35% by 2025.
- Provide incentives for the use and implementation of advanced electrical metering infrastructure and grid modernization technologies.
- Implement the recommendations of the Governor’s Commission on Climate Change, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It is also important that Virginia join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). Our Commonwealth is ground zero for sea level rise. Virginia is experiencing a climate crisis, with consistent flooding in every corner of the state—especially along the coast. RGGI would help Virginia by funding flooding solutions and improving economic development in every corner of the Commonwealth.
- Establish energy efficiency efforts standards in Virginia under which investor-owned electric utilities would be required to reduce electricity use by at least 25% of 2006 consumption levels by 2025.
- Mandate that all new State, Local, university, or school system buildings (larger than 5,000 square feet) be built to LEED silver or equivalent Green Globes standards. Virginia should lead by example and show businesses that we can meet large portions of our energy needs through measures like tougher building codes and energy efficient appliances, lighting, and heating.
- Mandate any entity (private or government) that is required to report emissions under an existing air pollution control permit to also report greenhouse gas emissions.
- Expand eligibility for the current solar tax credit to a broader range of alternative energy companies.
- Work to restrict construction of new coal-fired powered plants in Virginia and encourage greener energy sources.
- Expand the use of public transit and alternate modes of transportation.
- Create incentives to use more of Virginia’s resources such as offshore wind and solar.
- Establish an income tax credit for individuals and corporations installing solar photovoltaic and thermal (hot water and hot air) systems and small wind systems.
- Further expand the existing incentive grant available to solar photovoltaic manufacturers to cover manufacturing of other low and no-carbon energy sources. This will include other renewable energy sources and support formation of new green jobs in Virginia.
- Exempt solar, hydrokinetic, thermal systems, and wind systems from payment of sales taxes.
- Revamp the green jobs/angel investor tax credit to target it toward energy business, technology, and R&D investments.