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Amazon will need even more energy in Virginia. Will they make it clean?

BY: - November 26, 2018

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 energy used by its data centers. […]

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How hard a bargain did Virginia drive on Amazon? Secrecy pledge could make it tough to find out

BY: - November 21, 2018

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 come next. “SURPRISE!” she exclaims. […]

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Atlantic Coast Pipeline cost estimates surge to $7 billion

BY: - November 20, 2018

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 in obtaining permits for the […]

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A governor meddles with the air board as it weighs a Dominion Energy permit and a former member gets déjà vu

BY: - November 19, 2018

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 term on the air board, […]

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How can we help Virginia families thrive?

BY: - November 19, 2018

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 moment, who are you […]

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Report: Federal fines rare in gas pipeline explosions

BY: - November 15, 2018

An E&E News analysis out today finds that the federal Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration sought no fine in 90 percent of the 137 pipeline fires or explosions since 2019. The article quotes Bath County landowner Bill Limpert, who has fought Dominion Energy’s proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which plans to cut through his property, Pipeline […]

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Ørsted, Dominion’s partner on Virginia offshore wind project, completes acquisition of U.S. wind firm

BY: - November 8, 2018

The Danish energy giant that is partnering with Dominion Energy on a Virginia offshore wind pilot project has finalized its $510 million acquisition of Deepwater Wind, which built the first — and for the time being the only— offshore wind farm in the U.S. in Block Island Sound. The new entity, Ørsted US Offshore Wind, […]

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Offshore wind: If it’s Dominion’s way or the highway, we have to do it Dominion’s way

BY: - November 5, 2018

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 structured to make customers, rather than […]

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State Corporation Commission endorses Dominion renewable energy projects, including offshore wind test turbines

BY: - November 2, 2018

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 coast of Virginia Beach at […]

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The new Know Nothings: Trump’s vile brew of nativism and conspiracy theory

BY: - November 2, 2018

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 at last convinced to meet […]

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Your right to know: Why a judge’s decision exempting the judiciary from FOIA matters

BY: - October 31, 2018

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 have been improperly using […]

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The con at the heart of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

BY: - October 25, 2018

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 is far from proven — […]