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Businesses, labor, industry groups form coalition, show support for Atlantic Coast Pipeline


newspaperA diverse group of more than 100 businesses, labor organizations, and other local, state and national  groups announced on Thursday the formation of EnergySure – Standing Up for Reliable Energy. The founding members of EnergySure represent millions of employees and associates across Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina.

The EnergySure coalition, with significant stakeholder participation from leading employers and business organizations across the three states, was formed to “stand up” for reliable energy and demonstrate the broad support for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a proposed 550-mile natural gas pipeline designed to meet growing energy needs in Virginia and North Carolina.

The Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Virginia State Building & Construction Trades, and MeadWestvaco are among 50 businesses and organizations in Virginia to join the EnergySure coalition. In doing so, they pledge support to be part of continued public dialogue on the urgent needs met by and the significant benefits of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.  For a full list of coalition members, visit http://energysure.com/the-coalition/default.aspx#members.

Over the next 20 years, the demand for natural gas as a fuel for power generation in Virginia and North Carolina is projected to more than triple. Meanwhile, older coal-fired power plants are scheduled for retirement – reducing capacity to generate electricity and creating an immediate need. Increased access to cleaner-burning natural gas is needed to make our region energy sure.

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline project is expected to generate significant economic benefits across the three-state region, including more than 17,000 jobs, $2.7 billion in economic activity and $4.2 million in average annual local tax revenue during construction. In Virginia alone, construction will support 8,800 jobs and result in $1.4 billion in economic activity. Once in operation, the pipeline is expected to result in almost $38 million in economic activity, support 1,300 jobs and, by 2022, generate $10.4 million in local tax revenue in 13 counties and cities along the route. It also will provide opportunities for new business development and economic growth along the pipeline route.

“It’s going to create approximately 17,000 construction jobs,” said Matt Yonka, President of the Virginia State Building and Construction Trades. “It will open the door to bringing new industry to the state of Virginia. If you have the power source, you have the ability to build more and bring more industry.”

To view an interview with Matt Yonka on the economic benefits of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, visit https://vimeo.com/energysure/yonka.

“Virginia as a state needs more power than we can produce currently. Every region of Virginia will benefit from having an additional source of power and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline represents an opportunity to have that increased power supply,” said Barry DuVal, President and CEO of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

DuVal continued, “[The pipeline] will help position Virginia in the most competitive position possible, it will help us be on the map for large manufacturing facilities and it will create more jobs. It is economically sound and it is environmentally safe. With that combination it will result in a brighter future for all Virginians.”

To view an interview with Barry DuVal on why the Virginia Chamber of Commerce joined EnergySure, visit https://vimeo.com/energysure/duval.

A recent poll commissioned by the Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) showed registered voters in West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina overwhelmingly support construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline by more than a 2-to-1 margin. Supporters cited jobs and the economy, the increased use of natural gas, energy independence, and lower natural gas prices as key reasons for their support. For more information, visit http://consumerenergyalliance.org/poll-energy-and-infrastructure-will-play-a-key-role-in-2016-election/.

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline companies—Dominion, Duke Energy, Piedmont, and AGL Resources—are sponsoring the coalition to provide a platform for informed discussions about the project. These companies have millions of customers that depend on a reliable source of energy to power their businesses and heat their homes. The EnergySure coalition was created as a platform for their voices to be heard.



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