ENERGY + ENVIRONMENT

Appalachian Power Company, Virginia’s second largest electric utility serving more than half a million customers in and around Southwest Virginia, will not be allowed to raise its rates for the upcoming three years, regulators decided Tuesday.The State Corporation Commission also slightly decreased the company’s allowed profit margin, from 9.42...
A wrongful death lawsuit tied to COVID-19 infections in a Waterloo, Iowa, pork processing plant alleges that during the initial stages of the pandemic, Tyson Foods ordered employees to report for work while supervisors privately wagered money on the number of workers who would be sickened by the deadly...
By Rose Hendricks and Mark ReynoldsIn the home stretch of the 2020 campaign, presidential candidate Joe Biden leaned hard into the issue of climate change, giving a televised climate speech and running climate-focused ads in swing states. His campaign bet that this issue, once considered politically risky, would now...
Plans for one of two controversial new natural gas plants planned to be built in Charles City County appear to be faltering, according to a letter sent by Virginia Natural Gas to state regulators Friday. In the filing by McGuireWoods attorney Lisa Crabtree, Virginia Natural Gas informed the State Corporation...
NEAR SMITH ISLAND — On a still day, floating in a flat-bottomed boat in the waters that stretch like sheets of glass between the mainland and the barrier islands off Virginia’s Eastern Shore, it’s hard to believe anything in this corner of the world has ever changed at all. For...
Yes, Mountain Valley Pipeline is still kicking.Although some activists were confident in the wake of the July cancellation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline that Mountain Valley would soon follow suit, the project keeps plugging along even as costs rise, its timeline is extended and the courts continue to cast...
Immediately following the 2016 election of Donald Trump, I wrote a column titled “Why Trump won’t stop the clean energy revolution.”If you were to read it now, you would yawn. What seemed bold back then now feels like forecasting the inevitable. Of course coal has not come back....
Chesapeake Bay states will now have specific targets for reducing pollution expected to result from climate change, officials announced Friday morning during a meeting of the Chesapeake Bay Commission. The new policy, which is in line with a plan for addressing climate change impacts first set in December 2018, goes...
Halloween has come and gone. The clocks have been set back. Every evening darkness falls just a little bit earlier. But for much of Virginia, the first frost still remains elusive. Over the past century, the average date of the first frost has been moving progressively backward throughout the commonwealth, today...
It’s almost a ritual: As the days shorten and the drafts begin to sweep beneath the door or weasel around the window frame, the echo of a grumpy parental voice can be heard: "We aren’t paying to heat the neighborhood."Variations of that experience play out across the U.S. every...