COMMENTARY

Proving it still has some teeth left despite the General Assembly's best efforts, the State Corporation Commission has rejected billions in proposed spending by Dominion Energy it had sought permission to recover from its customers under the sweeping utility regulations signed into law last year.Though the commission did approve...
Clean energy and climate action are mainstream concepts with the public these days, but at Virginia’s General Assembly they have yet to gain much traction. Last year saw one renewable energy bill after another die in committee, along with legislation mandating lower energy use through energy efficiency and climate...
More than a year after Judge James Dimitri said he was stepping down from the State Corporation Commission, which regulates utilities, insurance, banking and other business interests, Republicans in the General Assembly muscled through a surprise pick to fill the last remaining year of his term in a single...
In an ideal world, we might expect agencies charged with protecting people and the environment to always do the right thing within the limits of the law regardless of who sits in the governor's mansion. But because we live in the real world, of course, political leadership matters a...
Adrian worked a full-time job and he received health insurance through Medicaid. As it turns out, that’s a pretty common story. For every 15 Americans on Medicaid, nine of them already have a job, according to the latest data from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Two people have an illness or...
This week the State Corporation Commission  approved a request from Appalachian Power Company  to offer its more than 500,000 Virginia customers the option of buying electricity entirely from renewable sources. The sources will be primarily wind and hydro, with some solar to be added as it gets built.Participants who...
Last in a series looking ahead to the General Assembly session that starts Wednesday.Expect much of the environmental debate this session, for the third year in a row, to center on Dominion Energy's plans to close coal ash impoundments containing millions of tons of the potentially toxic by-product of...
With the recent announcement that Amazon is bringing 25,000-plus high-paying jobs to Crystal City in Northern Virginia, I believe now is the perfect opportunity to move the commonwealth’s transportation system into the 21st century.Now is a great time to move away from the “more roads” transportation plan to an “all-of-the-above”...
Is an African-American community in rural Virginia the right place to put a massive compressor station for a natural gas pipeline? This is the question the Virginia Air Pollution Control Board will consider at its meeting Tuesday.The compressor for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is one of only three along...
Last in a holiday-week series looking back on how we’ve spent our time since the Mercury's launch in July.Cannabis, Confederates, Virginia's venerable and vexing liquor laws and longstanding problems in social services departments were among the most-read stories Mercury reporters wrote this year, our first in existence.Since our launch...