For Immediate Release:
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Lee Francis | Deputy Director
Virginia League of Conservation Voters
(804) 225-1902 | firstname.lastname@example.org
RICHMOND – Today, Governor Northam appointed Jehmal Hudson to serve as the next judge on the Virginia State Corporation Commission – the first African American to hold a position on this regulatory body since its inception in 1902. Hudson comes to the post with particular expertise on energy issues, making him especially qualified to make decisions about our energy future and how to best regulate our state’s utilities – core duties of the SCC.
In response to the Governor’s action, Michael Town, executive director of the Virginia League of Conservation Voters, issued the following statement:
“As Virginia moves toward implementing a 100 percent clean energy mandate, it will be vital that the SCC helps guide this process in a way that protects both clean air and ratepayers. We also know that after years of powerful energy monopolies putting their thumb on the scale, Virginia’s overdue for needed reforms to ensure a fairer, more just regulatory structure in the Commonwealth – one that prioritizes Virginians over corporate profits. This is important, difficult work and we are glad Governor Northam has picked a judge with the breadth of experience and expertise to tackle these challenges head-on.”
The Virginia League of Conservation Voters serves as the political voice of the state’s conservation community, working to make sure Virginia’s elected officials recognize that our natural heritage is an environmental and economic treasure for all. Virginia LCV works with conservation leaders across Virginia and strives for a conservation majority in state government. We secure good public policies on the state level and hold public officials accountable for their positions on environmental issues. For more information, visit www.valcv.org.