On June 15, 2013, Arlington’s County Board adopted the Community Energy Plan (CEP) as a new element of the County’s Comprehensive Plan, and approved the accompanying CEP Implementation Framework as an administrative guide for staff implementation of the CEP. The CEP sets an ambitious goal of reducing Arlington’s greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 75% by 2050, from 2007 baseline levels. To achieve this ambitious target, the CEP lays out broad goals and policies in six goal areas.
The CEP will bring many benefits to both residents and businesses in Arlington:
- Increased energy efficiency will save money – lowering utility and other energy costs reduces the cost of living and doing business in Arlington.
- Increased energy resiliency – our energy sources will be more reliable and our energy pricing will be more competitive. By generating energy locally with renewables and district energy, we will place less demand on the local grid, help minimize supply disruptions, and increase fuel choices, resulting in more stable energy prices.
- Improved local and regional environmental quality – reducing the County’s carbon footprint will make Arlington a healthier, more pleasant place to live and work.
Please contact Richard Dooley, Community Energy Coordinator, if you have any questions or comments on the CEP or its implementation.