The Affordable Clean Energy Project, (ACEP) an initiative of the Virginia Poverty Law Center (VPLC), gives a voice to low income Virginians in collaboration with other organizations on the impacts of energy costs, and expresses the need and potential for energy efficiency measures specific to low-income and undeserved communities coping with current and rising energy utility costs.

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Sign Our Petition!

Our first step in this initiative is gathering as much support behind us as we can and joining with other organizations asking the State Corporation Commission (SCC) to give more weight and emphasis on bringing equality to the electric utility process and providing more options for families to use less energy overall. The cheapest energy is the energy not used. Many families want to use less energy which lowers their bills. We need to push for more utilities to provide a greater and broader range of energy efficiency measures to their customers. The SCC approved less programs this year than the energy utilities asked to be able to do. We need your voice to help make the case the public demands more energy efficiency programs, more programs that help struggling families to use less energy, and a true commitment to helping everyone reduce energy bills. Sign the petition to make your voice heard on this issue!


Meet Our Staff for this initiative:

Dana Wiggins РACEP Project Director . Dana has a background in Environmental Science and Advocacy, and is using that along with her many years of working on the household financial issues of Virginia Families including previous work on utility issues to shed light and  boost the voice of lower income Virginians who wanting both affordable and clean energy options available to them.

Carmen Bingham – ACEP Project Coordinator. Carmen has worked in state government and advocacy for much of her career. Before coming to VPLC she was the Chief of Staff for the minority leader in the House of Delegates, an aide to another House of Delegates member, a coordinator with the League of Conservation Voters, and staff at the Virginia Department for Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. Carmen brings her desire for justice, and love of the environmental, and knowledge of state government to help magnify the voice of lower income Virginians so that their voice is heard when utility rates and options for the availability of energy efficiency measures are discussed at all levels of government and at agencies.