COMMENTARY

Tax season is approaching and there is a pressing issue that will affect whether or not Virginia taxpayers can quickly and easily file their taxes in the commonwealth: tax conformity. Only the Virginia General Assembly and Gov. Ralph Northam can address this issue, which will have a profound effect on...
The State Corporation Commission, which regulates Virginia utilities, has shot down for the first time ever a long-range plan filed yearly by Dominion Energy and intended to outline how the company will meet its electric service obligations."The commission finds, based on the record of this proceeding and applicable statutes,...
Last year, the Virginia General Assembly passed legislation giving utilities the green light to develop 5,000 megawatts of wind and solar energy. This marks a milestone for Virginia, offering the possibility for an amount of solar equal in output to Dominion Energy’s newest gas-fired power plant in Greensville.Dominion projects...
Can Gov. Ralph Northam's decision to yank two members off the State Air Pollution Control Board as it weighs a permit for the compressor station Dominion Energy plans for Buckingham County be seen as anything other than what it appears to be: a clumsy attempt to tip the scale...
At last, the midterm elections are over.Let’s talk about guns.Last month, after a gunman killed 11 people at the Tree of Life Congregation synagogue in Pittsburgh, no less an authority on gun violence than the president of the United States lamented that the synagogue didn’t have a security guard....
Amazon Web Services jump-started the utility solar industry in Virginia in 2015, when it announced plans for its first solar farm in Accomack County. Three years later, Amazon remains (for now) the biggest purchaser of solar in the commonwealth, allowing it to offset some of the enormous amount of...
Imagine if you were sitting down to dinner tonight and your spouse said she had something really important to talk with you about.You’re not totally surprised by this because she’s been gone a lot, taking whispered phone calls, sending late-night texts. But you still don’t really know what might...
Steve Haner at Bacon's Rebellion has a good breakdown of a recent Dominion Energy earnings call in which CEO Tom Farrell said the company's Atlantic Coast Pipeline's cost estimates had ballooned to $6.5 to $7 billion.Per the transcript, Farrell blamed a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission stop-work order and delays...
Sadly, Gov. Ralph Northam's decision last week to replace two members of the State Air Pollution Control Board, even as the board considers a crucial permit that would allow a compressor station for Dominion Energy's Atlantic Coast Pipeline, is far from an anomaly.Between 2006 and 2010, during my second...
Imagine you are a stressed-out parent.Perhaps you're juggling two jobs, struggling with depression or anxiety, worried about making ends meet, afraid of being evicted from your home.Your child is misbehaving, demanding, pushing your buttons. You have a moment when you think: “I just can’t take it anymore.” In that...