Even after an expected veto, Republicans in Virginia’s General Assembly will have leverage to shape RGGI effort.
Both nations face similar debates on emissions limits, a carbon tax, and other energy-related issues.
The utility says its interim goal of 80 percent carbon reduction by 2030 can be met with existing technology.
The economy can grow while emissions from fossil fuels fall, but policy matters, said experts at an international science conference this month.
State lawmakers aren’t waiting for a multi-state partnership to put a price on carbon emissions from cars and trucks.