On June 28, 2016, Va. Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed an Executive Order 57, creating a work group to recommend actions available under existing state authority to reduce carbon emissions from power plants. The work group was under Secretary of Natural Resources Molly Ward. The work group’s first meeting was August 31, 2016; more information on that meeting is available from the Virginia Commonwealth Calendar, online at https://commonwealthcalendar.virginia.gov/Event/Details/4400. The group submitted its report to the governor on May 12, 2017; the report, along with more information about Executive Order 57, is available online at https://naturalresources.virginia.gov/initiatives/eo-57/.
The full text of Gov. McAuliffe’s order, Executive Order 57, is available in the following source: Governor McAuliffe Signs Executive Order to Reduce Carbon Emissions in Virginia; Order creates workgroup to recommend executive actions to reduce carbon emissions from the electric sector, Virginia Governor’s Office News Release, 6/28/16.
Following are some news accounts on the executive order and the work group:
Will Virginia forge its own path on carbon regulation?, Richmond Times-Dispatch, 5/3/17.
Virginia Gov. McAuliffe issues executive order to cut GHG emissions, UtilityDive, 6/30/16.
McAuliffe promises action on carbon, climate change, sets task force in motion, Daily Press, 6/28/16.
McAuliffe plans to sidestep legislature on climate change, Richmond Times-Dispatch, 6/28/16 [full text of executive order also available in this article].
McAuliffe pushes for action on decreasing carbon emissions, Virginian-Pilot, 6/28/16.