Port of Virginia achieves clean energy milestone

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The Port of Virginia is the first US East Coast port to be powered entirely by clean energy.  All of its terminals are powered with electricity from clean resources.  The port was already sourcing some of its electricity for its on-terminal cargo operations from renewable sources and a power purchase agreement approved by the Virginia Port Authority Board of Commissioners provided an additional 10% of the energy from 345 MW of solar projects from Dominion Energy along with the port’s proportionate share of the original contract. This allocation (along with other solar, nuclear, and wind resources provided by Dominion Energy) supports the port’s load of 130,000 MWh of electricity each year and allows the port to maintain 100% clean energy sourcing as its load grows. The port said using clean electricity helps it offset its carbon footprint by reducing carbon emissions at a rate of 45% per container.

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