McClellan Statement on Virginia Clean Economy Act

Office of Senator Jennifer McClellan 
For Immediate Release: March 6, 2020

McClellan Statement on Virginia Clean Economy Act

Historic Clean Energy Bill Headed to Governor’s Desk

Today, Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond) released the following statement on passage of SB 851, the Virginia Clean Economy Act:

“Today, we passed the most significant clean energy legislation in Virginia history. This historic legislation is a major step forward towards investing in clean energy and job creation across Virginia,” said McClellan, who patroned the Senate bill. “The Virginia Clean Economy Act will move Virginia from the back of the pack to become a leader on clean energy. This bill will grow jobs, keep power costs low, and take major action to combat the climate crisis that is harming Virginia’s communities today. It’s time for Virginia to break our reliance on fossil fuels and decarbonize our economy.  It’s time to chart a new future for 100% clean energy in Virginia.”

The bill now heads to the governor’s desk. A companion measure, HB 1256, was carried by Del. Rip Sullivan (D-McLean).



Jennifer McClellan was elected to the Senate of Virginia in 2017 after serving 11 years in the House of Delegates. She has been a leader on strengthening public education and dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline, criminal justice reform, combating domestic and sexual violence, and fighting discrimination of all kinds.

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