COMMENTARY

When the General Assembly session opened Jan. 9, legislators were presented with dozens of bills designed to save money for consumers, lower energy consumption, provide more solar options and set us on a pathway to an all-renewables future.Almost none of these measures passed, while bills that benefited utilities...
Even after more than two years of being steadily bludgeoned into subservience by the Department of Environmental Quality and the Attorney General's office over the regulation of a pair of contentious natural gas pipeline projects, Friday's meeting of the Virginia State Water Control Board was a new low point.The...
On Friday, the Virginia State Water Control Board will meet to discuss whether it should revoke a key permit previously issued to Mountain Valley Pipeline.The permit in question, the 401 Water Quality Certification, authorizes pipeline construction in upland areas; essentially everywhere except wetlands and stream crossings.Crucially, this permit does...
Virginia’s solar industry has seen rapid growth in customer demand over the past two years, and a bill that recently passed through the state legislature appears to be a huge victory for solar customers and the electric cooperative industry.However, the full projected outcomes of this bill for residential solar...
I once got a call from a journalist frustrated by a state law that allowed the government to withhold important information.He wasn’t just frustrated with the law, he was frustrated with me because — admittedly — I didn’t catch the bill that led to the law when it...
In siding with corporate interests against the better judgment of affected communities and citizens and ignoring key environmental issues, Gov. Ralph Northam's administration has revealed a fact pattern in its efforts to suppress justice in the commonwealth.Actions taken by the Northam administration involving the Virginia State Air Pollution Control...
Almost 70 percent of the world’s internet traffic passes through data centers in Loudoun County on a daily basis.More than 100 massive data centers, over 10 million square feet of building space, dot the Northern Virginia landscape around Dulles Airport in what is known as “Data Center Alley.”...
The Solar Foundation has released its National Solar Jobs Census for 2018, showing solar jobs in Virginia increased from 3,565 in 2017 to 3,890 in 2017, an increase of nine percent.That puts Virginia 20th in the nation for solar jobs, though only 34th if measured on a per...
Virginia's political scandals reflect a troubled history and intersect racism, gender and sexual violence — issues some of us navigate daily.Journalist and professor Melissa Harris-Perry tweeted Friday night that "observers are wringing hands over the 'racist v rapist' dilemma facing ," a reference to the troubling trifecta of scandals embroiling Gov. Ralph Northam,...
On Dec. 13, the State Water Control Board passed a motion requiring that a hearing be held to consider whether the water quality certification for the Mountain Valley Pipeline  should be revoked.It is now more than eight weeks later and still no date for the hearing has been announced.Meanwhile,...