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Fri., Oct. 31 - Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) brought a new focus to renewable energy in Virginia as he presented the state’s 2014 energy plan to a group of business leaders and conservation groups. While he is pushing for policies that will help grow the green energy sector, McAuliffe said he remains committed to an “all of the above” energy strategy.
Fri., Oct. 31 - Coach McGeoghegan’s 90-pound National Gainesville Grizzlies had another big win over the weekend, cruising to an easy 20-0 victory over the Springfield Cowboys, their second shutout of the season. The Grizzlies finished the regular season undefeated with a 7-0 record and are now headed to the playoffs.
Fri., Oct. 31 - Manassas dermatologist John W. Brady Jr. has announced plans to retire after 37 years in the business. Before coming to Manassas he practiced at MCV in Richmond and in the U.S. Navy on a navy submarine as a medical officer.
Fri., Oct. 31 - The Continental Events Center in Manassas is offering a $500 discount to companies that host parties or events at the center, provided that employers ask each guest to bring a new, unwrapped toy to be given to area children for the holidays. Individuals can also drop off toys as well.
Thu., Oct. 30 - Three years ago Carlos Diaz, a special education student at Forest Park High School, was extremely shy and withdrawn. Conversation did not come easily for him. Now, the senior high school student has joined the Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) and is up for a promotion to a leadership role. Diaz said he owes his success to therapeutic horseback sessions at Rainbow Therapeutic Riding Center in Haymarket.
Thu., Oct. 30 - Leaders of a potential Washington 2024 Olympic bid briefed local authorities recently on the expected timeline in the process that would prepare the area to throw its hat in the ring to host the games. In August 2013, Washington 2024, the group preparing the bid, was immediately contacted by the United States Olympic Committee, according to John Powell, the director of government affairs and programs at Washington 2024.
Thu., Oct. 30 - One could forgive Atif M. Qarni if he's looking past Tuesday's election for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Like most folks in Virginia political circles, the 36-year-old Beville Middle School math teacher certainly wants his favorites to win next week.
Thu., Oct. 30 - On Friday, Oct. 24, Battlefield High School was packed with more than 60 students representing 14 different teams competing in a competition called CyberPatriot. Eleven of teams were from Battlefield High School, two teams from Bull Run Middle School and one team was from Ronald Reagan Middle School.
Thu., Oct. 30 - Happy Halloween, but just as important, Happy Thanksgiving to hundreds of families in our community. SERVE in Manassas needs your help with Operation Turkey! You can help several ways. Gather your friends, family and businesses to collect food items that can be dropped off on Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or Nov. 13 and 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Manassas Adventist Prep School on Barrett Drive in Manassas. Volunteers are also needed on Nov. 16 to bring any extra food back to the pantry.
Thu., Oct. 30 - The Artists’ Undertaking Gallery in Occoquan will display “Enjoying Art,” an exhibit featuring digital paintings by David and Jane Ernst of Springfield and hand-built pottery by Sherri Johnson of Fairfax. The exhibit will run through Dec. 1.
Governor brings new focus on clean energy and jobs
© Gainesville TimesGov. Terry McAuliffe (D) brought a new focus to renewable energy in Virginia as he presented the state’s 2014 energy plan to a group of business leaders and conservation groups.
While he is pushing for policies that will help grow the green energy sector, McAuliffe said he remains committed to an “all of the above” energy strategy.
“By working together, I am confident that four years from now we will live in a stronger Commonwealth that is less dependent on external forces and is fueled by cleaner, cheaper and more abundant Virginia energy,” he said.
McAuliffe’s top energy goals include growing the less developed areas of the state’s energy sector, including wind, solar, biofuels and nuclear; improving energy efficiency of buildings and vehicles; improving the energy delivery infrastructure; and working with state colleges and universities to train more people for jobs in the energy sector, preparing for anticipated retirements from the existing workforce.
Less than 1 percent of the energy generation in Virginia is currently from wind or solar energy. McAuliffe sees growing the energy sector as an opportunity to create jobs, as well as reducing carbon emissions.
“Virginia has fallen way behind its neighboring states, and we need to catch up,” said Francis Hodsoll, president of Virginia Advanced Energy Industries, who attended the event. “I thought the governor’s message was 100 percent on point. … Clean tech can deliver jobs and investment.”
Neighboring states have created 290,000 jobs in the clean energy sector in recent years, according to Michael Town, executive director of the Virginia League of Conservation Voters, which co-sponsored the event where McAuliffe presented the energy plan.
“To me, the bottom line is that Virginia needs to have policies that make it competitive with other states in order to get the investment,” Hodsoll said.
The energy plan provides a starting point that advocates hope will lead state legislators to enact more renewable energy-friendly policies, according to Hodsoll and others.
“Virginia’s vast and untapped renewable energy potential is well documented. We can catch up to our neighbors in clean energy, but only if we finally put the policies in place to harness it,” Dawone Robinson, Virginia policy director at the Chesapeake Climate Action Network said in a released statement.
However, Robinson was also critical of the governor’s support for a new Dominion natural gas pipeline because it would help transport natural gas generated by fracking and said the governor should instead focus on getting Dominion to move forward with its planned offshore wind energy project.