COMMENTARY

The Virginia State Corporation Commission on Friday approved Dominion Energy Virginia’s proposed Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project, but not happily.A news release from the SCC complains about the “excessive costs” of the two turbines about 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach and the way it is...
The State Corporation Commission has endorsed a pair of Dominion Energy renewable energy projects: two offshore wind test turbines and an agreement to purchase power from an independent 80-megawatt solar facility in Halifax County.The approval of the wind turbines, which are to be built about 27 miles off the...
I have heard it a million times and the story still makes my sides split.My grandmother, an aspiring Boston nurse of Irish and English ancestry, who grew up in the nearby seaside town of Quincy, had started dating a Harvard medical student with a funny last name and was...
A judge in Richmond decided earlier this month that Virginia's judiciary was not subject to the Freedom of Information Act.The ruling was the culmination of a more than three-year tug-of-war between an Eastern Shore sculptor and the court system’s administrators.Dr. William Turner has long believed that circuit court judges...
It can't be said enough, and it's something that's easy to lose sight of amid the labyrinthine legal and permitting debates around the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which could be getting federal approval to start full construction in Virginia any minute now.The need for Dominion Energy's 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline...
Virginia is looking to assume a “prominent role” in the developing U.S. East Coast offshore wind industry, in large part by collaborating with neighboring states.That was the message Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy Director John Warren brought to the two-day American Wind Energy Association offshore wind...
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has cleared the way for Dominion Energy's 600-mile, deeply divisive Atlantic Coast Pipeline to begin construction here.The agency has signed off on plans for how workers will manage erosion, sediment and stormwater along the route, which will cross hundreds of waterways and some...
This week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave Dominion Energy permission to begin cutting down trees in Buckingham County to clear the way for a massive compressor station the company wants to build as part of its Atlantic Coast Pipeline.FERC's letter Tuesday allows "non-mechanized" tree-felling — that means using...
When my wife and I started attending Tabernacle Baptist Church in Richmond, we were impressed by the diverse congregation. Nearly a third of our members are refugees. I become friends with a Burmese refugee named Biak Tling, an experienced carpenter in his home country whose first job in Richmond was in a...
There is a lot to like in the Northam administration’s new Virginia Energy Plan, starting with what is not in it.The plan doesn’t throw so much as a bone to the coal industry, and the only plug for fracked gas comes in the discussion of alternatives to petroleum...