Arlington Green Steve Davis raised concerns about the viability of the county’s proposed Community Energy Plan (CEP) at the April 26 County Board Meeting. Speaking on behalf of the Arlington Green Party, which was a liaison to the Community Energy and Sustainability (CES) Task Force, Steve Davis said he agrees with the plan’s recommendations. But he doesn’t think it goes far enough. He’s also concerned that one of its core recommendations, a district energy company that would use cogeneration of heat and power (CHP) to reduce the carbon footprint of densely populated neighborhoods like Rosslyn, Ballston and Crystal City, might require state legislative approval. Steve said:
As I noted previously, we support most of the proposals outlined in the Report, although we believe that some could have gone further, but until the legal issues inherent in the District Energy model are resolved, we do not believe that the proposed Community Energy Plan can move forward.
In a concession to the Greens, Jay Fisette agreed with Davis that this is a core question that needs to be answered by the Community Energy Advisory Group that County Board voted last night to create to advise the County Manager on a final plan for reducing the county’s carbon foot print.
Regardless of the answer to this question, it’s gratifying that the Arlington Greens and Arlington Democrats find common cause on the need to reduce CO2 emissions, especially since Climate Change deniers are ascendant in both Congress and the state legislature.