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PWC wants citizen comments on proposed $1.6 billion Community Energy and Sustainability Master Plan

Prince William County government is asking for citizen comments by Sept. 15, 2023 on its draft “Community Energy and Sustainability Master Plan, according to Coles Supervisor Yesli Vega. This $1.6 billion plan is being developed, Vega said, to serve as a roadmap for meeting the county’s Climate Mitigation and Resiliency goals.”

Questions may be directed to Director of the Office of Sustainability, Giulia Manno, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Goals of the plan
Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions County-Wide by 2030
Use 100% Renewable Electricity County-Wide by 2035
Use 100% Renewable Electricity in County Government Operations by 2030
Become Carbon Neutral for County Government Operations by 2050
Prepare for Climate Change: Become a Climate Ready Region and make significant progress to be a Climate Resilient Region by 2030

County’s recommended actions include but are not limited to:
• “Green zoning regulations to incentivize water- and energy efficient buildings, multifamily and mixed-use areas, and transit-oriented developments.”
• “Incentivize the use of renewable energyin energy-intensive commercial buildings (e.g., through tax credits/reductions, expedited permitting, density or height bonuses, or a reduction in proffers).”
• “Provide incentives or streamlining for developers who build to a more energy-efficient standard set by the County government or use all electric systems and equipment.”

A virtual “town hall” meeting is planned for Sept. 14.

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