Virginia Study Makes Economic Case For Renewable Energy

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — George Mason University researchers are assessing the potential for renewable energy to satisfy Virginia’s future demands.

The report due out Wednesday was prepared by George Mason’s Center for Regional Analysis for the Virginia Conservation Network, a coalition of environmental groups and advocates of renewable energy.

The report is expected to make the economic case for renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and biomass, which is the burning of wood pellets made from sawdust or sawmill waste. Those sources will be measured against fossil fuels.

Gov. Bob McDonnell has made energy development a big part of his Republican administration. He advocates an “all-of-the-above” approach that includes coal, nuclear and natural gas, as well as wind and solar.

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