COMMENTARY

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...
A filing last month by Virginia Republicans, part of an attempt to defend their pick for a "special master" to help a federal court redraw 11 House of Delegates districts ruled to be racially gerrymandered, contained a striking passage."Drawing near-even splits of Republican and Democratic voters into the same districts means...
A report released by a new California nonprofit that advises on modernizing electric systems takes a generally dim view of  Dominion Energy's plans to upgrade Virginia's grid under the expansive and expensive regulatory overhaul the utility pushed through the General Assembly this year: the Grid Transformation and Security Act."Grid...
Gov. Ralph Northam put out his administration's energy plan Tuesday, a non-binding planning document that lays out a vision for the next decade of energy policy in Virginia. But it was met with some effusive praise by environmental groups and renewable energy and energy-efficiency interests."This plan represents the first...
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...