ENERGY + ENVIRONMENT

Gov. Ralph Northam disappointed some members of his transition team and left environmental groups seething last year when he reappointed David Paylor to his longtime job as director of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.Business interests, including the state's big utilities, chief among them Dominion Energy, like Paylor's light...
There is no greater land conservation system in the world than the U.S. National Wildlife Refuge System.And that system, always under-resourced, is now further imperiled by the ongoing government shutdown.Managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and spanning 850 million acres of land and water, the refuge system...
Editor's Note: See below for correction from VCU's Capital News Service.By Daniel Berti/Capital News ServiceIn a break from past years, some large energy-related political donors gave more money to Virginia Democrats than to Republicans in 2018, according to campaign finance reports posted Friday by the Virginia Public Access Project.For...
Visiting the Mountain Valley Pipeline construction corridor in southwest Virginia was a promise I made to  local residents while I was a member of the State Water Control Board. It was a promise that wasn't kept until Jan. 2, when I toured many farms and residential lands impacted by...
Proving it still has some teeth left despite the General Assembly's best efforts, the State Corporation Commission has rejected billions in proposed spending by Dominion Energy it had sought permission to recover from its customers under the sweeping utility regulations signed into law last year.Though the commission did approve...
Clean energy and climate action are mainstream concepts with the public these days, but at Virginia’s General Assembly they have yet to gain much traction. Last year saw one renewable energy bill after another die in committee, along with legislation mandating lower energy use through energy efficiency and climate...
Environmental advocates tried again to staunch the flow of plastic bags into Virginia's waterways Wednesday, but to no avail.Sens. J. Chapman Petersen, D-Fairfax City, and Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria, proposed allowing localities to add a 5-cent tax to plastic bags. Petersen's bill would have limited the range of the bill...
In an ideal world, we might expect agencies charged with protecting people and the environment to always do the right thing within the limits of the law regardless of who sits in the governor's mansion. But because we live in the real world, of course, political leadership matters a...
A Virginia region that is an unlikely but critical partner in the commonwealth’s efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay has been selected as one of the recipients of more than $1.7 million in federal and matching funds: the Shenandoah Valley.Last month, the U.S. National Fish and Wildlife...
This week the State Corporation Commission  approved a request from Appalachian Power Company  to offer its more than 500,000 Virginia customers the option of buying electricity entirely from renewable sources. The sources will be primarily wind and hydro, with some solar to be added as it gets built.Participants who...