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Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency and conservation offer Virginia the most cost-effective and most readily deployable method to manage its energy future. As Virginia's population, business community, and energy needs continue to grow, energy efficiency and conservation can defer the need for new energy-supply facilities and the associated environmental burdens they place on land, water, and air resources.

Energy efficiency is a true "pollution prevention" technique, because at its core is source reduction and improved production efficiency. Improvements to process efficiency result in the decreased use of materials, labor, and wastes. The efficient use of energy results in decreased use of resources, less air pollution, and therefore, cost savings.

Click the links below for more information about energy efficiency at work and at home:


Virginia Energy Plan - The 2018 Virginia Energy Plan provides an update on Virginia's current energy system and future recommendations.  

Executive Order 43 (2019) - On September 16, 2019 Governor Northam signed Executive Order 43, which sets a goal for the Commonwealth of producing 100% of electricity from carbon-free sources by 2050.  The Executive Order includes energy efficiency as a resource in meeting that goal.

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Virginia Department of
Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000

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