Climate Clips: Board Adopts Energy Strategy for Loudoun

The Board of Supervisors has adopted the 2023 Loudoun County Energy Strategy, which provides a blueprint to achieve the county’s long-term vision for a community that uses less energy and has lower greenhouse gas emissions while ensuring that energy is clean, reliable and affordable for all residents and businesses in Loudoun County.

See the full story at Loudoun County Virginia News.

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