Virginia: New processes helps industrial sector reduce energy use by 20%


New processes and technologies have helped the industrial sector in Virginia advance and improve energy efficiency, according to an analysis released by Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA).

Commercial and industrial consumers in Virginia reduced their energy consumption by 20% between 1990 and 2017.

Families, small businesses and manufacturers saved approximately $11 billion during the same period, according to CEA’s Energy Savings Report for Virginia.

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Other key findings from CEA’s analysis include:

  • Emissions declined by 89% since 1990.
  • The state’s increasing energy demand has been met with oil, natural gas and the modernisation of utility infrastructure.
  • The consumption of energy generated using natural gas increased 10 times between 1090 and 2016.
  • In less than 30 years, Virginia’s population has grown by more than 37%.
  • The state recorded decreases in the emission of nitrogen oxide by 61%, sulphur dioxide by 89% and volatile organic compounds by 60%.
  • Carbon emissions reduced by 20%.
  • Roughly a quarter of Virginians’ income went toward energy expenses.

Brett Vassey, CEO at Virginia Manufacturers Association, said: “Embracing energy development and environmental stewardship demonstrates true leadership and helps to elevate the public discourse in a manner that political ideologies alone cannot reach.”

To view the analysis, click here.