COMMENTARY

Yes, you will say I have expensive taste.But it’s not for me, it’s for the children!Picture their shining faces on Christmas morning when they find Santa has delivered 62 Siemens Gamesa 8-megawatt, pitch-regulated, variable speed offshore wind turbines, sporting a rotor diameter of 167 meters each, to a patch...
Republican candidates in recent Virginia statewide elections went all in on a bet with little actuarial upside. They hoped that by hammering on issues that riled up older, mostly white voters they could pull out wins in an increasingly diverse state. The problem? Not only did they lose the elections,...
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, who threw his hat into the ring last month for the 2021 gubernatorial race, has evidently been reading some tea leaves about the Democratic electorate's dimming view of state-regulated monopolies like Dominion Energy and the influence they wield.In a wide-ranging interview with Blue Virginia...
In early 1987, I was assigned the city cops and courts beat at The Richmond News Leader. My tenure on that beat coincided with the rapid increase in the city’s murder rate, which at one point was the second highest in the country.It was a horrible time in...
Dominion Energy Virginia employees were briefing a stakeholder group on the company’s Integrated Resource Plan last Friday morning when text messages started popping up on phones all over the room: the State Corporation Commission had just rejected the IRP and ordered a do-over.Awkward.The SCC has never rejected a...
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, based in Richmond, vacated another permit for Dominion Energy's Atlantic Coast Pipeline Thursday, this time concluding that the U.S. Forest Service lacked the authority to allow the pipeline across the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, among other findings.An environmental attorney who...
After months of citizen complaints about deleterious impacts to waters of the commonwealth from Mountain Valley Pipeline construction, many cheered when Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced that an enforcement action had been filed last week.Upon closer inspection, however, the complaint filed by Herring is as much a critique...
For much of his first year in office, Gov. Ralph Northam has gotten himself crosswise with the environmental groups that were big backers of his 2017 campaign.The relationship has steadily devolved — from the reappointment of Department of Environmental Quality Director David Paylor in the spring to the governor's...
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,...