Alfonso managed and negotiated Southern Governors Association Chairman's Initiative on Climate Change and Energy Independence.
Alfonso will support legislation to:
Increase the renewable portfolio standard (RPS) goal to 20% by 2025. Develop incentives for meeting the goals.
Provide incentives for the use and implementation of advanced electrical metering infrastructure.
Implement the recommendations of the Governor's Commission on Climate Change, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Establish a tougher, mandatory energy efficiency standard under which investor-owned electric utilities would be required to reduce electricity use by at least 25% of 2006 consumption levels by 2025. A utility would have to make alternate compliance payments if it does not meet the energy efficiency goal.
Mandate that all new State, Local, university, or school system buildings (larger than 5,000 square feet) be built to LEED silver or equivalent Green Globes standards.
Mandate any entity (private or government) that is required to report emissions under an existing air pollution control permit to also report greenhouse gas emissions.
Expand eligibility for the current solar tax credit to a broader range of alternative energy companies.
Work to restrict construction of new coal-fired powered plants in Virginia and encourage greener energy sources.
Create incentives to use more of Virginia's resources such as offshore wind and solar.
Establish an income tax credit for individuals and corporations installing solar photovoltaic and thermal (hot water and hot air) systems and small wind systems.
Further expand the existing incentive grant available to solar photovoltaic manufacturers to cover manufacturing of other low and no-carbon energy sources.
Exempt solar, hydrokinetic, thermal systems, and wind systems from payment of sales taxes.
Revamp the green jobs/angel investor tax credit to target it toward energy business, technology, and R&D investments.