COMMENTARY

The latest big pipeline decision out of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond strips the Mountain Valley Pipeline of its federal authority to cross waterways in West Virginia, and opponents contend, should halt work along the entire 300-mile route from West Virginia to Pittsylvania...
Nearly 200 government leaders, academics, and business people packed the Virginia Offshore Wind Executive Summit in Norfolk last week to stake their claims in the launch of Virginia’s newest industry.“The offshore wind market is exploding,” said Liz Burdock, executive director of the Business Network for Offshore Wind, in...
No less a bright light than Republican U.S. Rep. Steve King of Iowa had this to say about the recent combat over Brett Kavanaugh: “If that’s the new standard, no man will ever qualify for the Supreme Court again.”He was reacting to Christine Blasey Ford’s claims that Kavanaugh sexually...
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission may have to soon figure out how to paper over another defect in the federal permitting process for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.Environmental groups asked FERC Tuesday for another stop-work order on the 600-mile, Dominion Energy-led project after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...
Most people have no idea how powerful voting actually is. I know because I have spent the last two years helping Virginians register to vote and utilize this opportunity we have to make our values a reality in our communities. I have the honorable but arduous task of convincing people who...
It's no secret that the State Corporation Commission didn’t like this year’s big energy bill, the Grid Transformation and Security Act.SCC staff testified against SB 966 in committee, and their objections played a major role in amendments removing the “double dip” provision that would have let Dominion Energy...
These times are so uncertain There's a yearning undefined And people filled with rage - Don HenleyReporters have always lived on outrage.They discover, or stumble upon, or hear about some egregious behavior that really gets their blood up and they go after it.Sometimes it’s a government official abusing his position or maybe...
Almost four years ago, Virginia’s State Corporation Commission approved a request from Appalachian Power to impose “standby charges” on grid-connected homeowners who installed solar arrays between 10 and 20 kilowatts. The approval came not long after the SCC had given the same authority to Dominion Power (now Dominion Energy...
Two weeks ago, Gov. Ralph Northam's Advisory Council on Environmental Justice sent him the final version of a letter long in the works — the latest in a lengthy series of attempts to push Northam's administration somewhere it steadfastly refuses to go.The council had telegraphed its recommendations months ago...
Think about how many people work at your local supermarket. There is a manager, likely a butcher or two, a green grocer, half a dozen stock clerks, a dozen cashiers, maybe a baker or even a pharmacist. Multiply that across your town, county, the commonwealth as a whole and...