SCC Appointments are Great Step Forward for Ratepayers, the Environment

For Immediate Release:
Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024

Lee Francis | Deputy Director
Virginia League of Conservation Voters
(434) 989-3197 |

Commission Will Oversee Virginia’s Clean Energy Transition, Hold Utilities Accountable

RICHMOND – Yesterday, the General Assembly filled two long-vacant posts on the State Corporation Commission, sending Kelsey Bagot and Sam Towell to join Jehmal Hudson on the regulatory body that oversees our state’s big electric utilities and which will determine the trajectory of Virginia’s clean energy future.

In response to this decision, Michael Town, Executive Director of the Virginia League of Conservation Voters, issued the following statement:

“Today’s State Corporation Commission appointments are a win for ratepayers and the environment. This SCC will oversee much of our state’s transition to an affordable, clean energy future and will be a much-needed check on our state’s big electric utilities, ensuring their investments are in line with Virginia’s laws to completely decarbonize our grid by 2045 – protecting clean air and Virginia consumers. Chairman Deeds and Chairwoman Ward deserve a ton of credit for getting the job done and filling these vacancies with two individuals that will make excellent commissioners.”

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