Youngkin accepting ideas for next energy plan

Governor Glenn Youngkin announced the Virginia Department of Energy and his administration are accepting ideas and comments on the Commonwealth’s next energy plan.

Governor Young said he will have seven guiding principles to selecting a plan for his “all of the above” approach.

Those principles include affordability, reliability, capacity, competition, environmental stewardship, choice, and innovation.

A webinar will be held August 24th at 2 pm.

Participants may register online now.

Comments will be accepted through September 16th through the Virginia Town Hall, a stakeholder survey or emailing energyplan@energy.virginia.gov.

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Low flying aircraft expected in region

Low flying planes and helicopters will be flying over portions of Frederick and Clarke Counties through December.

The Virginia Department of Energy is aiding the U.S. Geological Survey in their national effort to modernize geographical maps, topographical surveys, and geochemical sampling.

This will be the area’s first high resolution public survey in 45 years.

No pictures or videos will be taken with the equipment.

Experienced pilots were contracted to fly as low as 300 feet to use instruments that will help scientists evaluate natural resources or potential hazards.

The pilots will operate out of Cumberland, Maryland.

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