ENERGY + ENVIRONMENT

Dominion asks to halt ratepayer charge for carbon market

BY: - May 6, 2022

Dominion Energy is asking state regulators to stop charging customers on their monthly bill for the utility’s participation in a carbon market in anticipation of Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s plans to withdraw Virginia from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.  Suspending the charge, known as Rider RGGI, “will provide an immediate, material reduction to customer bills,” the […]

The asphalt plant next door 

BY: - May 4, 2022

LOUISA — Alberta and Theresa Coffey are the last people living on a swath of land in Louisa County between Interstate 64 and the newest addition to the neighborhood: the Boxley asphalt plant. When Alberta Coffey, now 83, and her husband Harold first bought the roughly one-acre property just east of Zion Crossroads in 1962, […]

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Gold mining comes with risks and rewards. But those aren’t equally shared.

BY: - May 4, 2022

By Erica Schoenberger Buckingham County faces the prospect of a gold mine within its borders. Many of the county’s residents are opposed to it. If it is permitted, there will no doubt be other companies looking to mine elsewhere in Virginia. The state has enlisted the help of the National Academies of Science and established […]

Some Virginia sturgeon traveled over 500 miles last year

BY: - May 3, 2022

It’s not just the Proclaimers who want to go 500 miles to end up at your door. A handful of Atlantic sturgeon in the James River are also willing and eager to cover large distances for their heart’s desire. Data collected by Virginia Commonwealth University’s Rice Rivers Center, an environmental field research station in Charles […]

Panel says Virginia should do more to promote solar development on brownfields

BY: - May 2, 2022

Virginia should do more to encourage developers to site solar on brownfields rather than prime agricultural and forested land, panelists at  the Virginia Solar Summit in Richmond Thursday said.  “The brownfields I think is an easy one,” said Ron Butler, state director for the Virginia chapter of Conservatives for Clean Energy during the panel discussion […]

William and Mary researchers find elevated radon levels in Williamsburg homes

BY: - April 27, 2022

WILLIAMSBURG — On the Environmental Protection Agency’s map of radon risks, Virginia’s coastal plain is a sunny shade of yellow.  Yellow is the best color to be on the radon map. Yellow is assigned to those areas that in 1993 the agency determined had the lowest potential for high levels of radon, a naturally occurring […]

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To lower cost of living, legislature should override governor’s veto of energy efficiency bill

BY: - April 26, 2022

By Chris Meyer With Richmond’s focus on reducing Virginia’s energy costs, it was surprising to see Gov. Glenn Youngkin veto a bill designed to lower the electric bills of veterans, low-income, elderly and disabled ratepayers. The bill — Senate Bill 347 (Sen. John Bell, D-Loudoun) — not only passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, but also directly […]

Five takeaways from the landmark Virginia Solar Survey

BY: - April 26, 2022

After a slow start, solar has been booming in Virginia.  From having zero large-scale solar farms in 2015, the commonwealth now has 51 in operation, with more than half found in the central and Southside regions. Distributed solar — which includes rooftop solar and small ground arrays that provide power at or near the place […]

State panel urges Bristol to close its local landfill after years of odor complaints

BY: - April 25, 2022

A panel of experts is urging Bristol, Virginia, to stop using its local landfill after finding nearly a dozen deficiencies linked to air pollution and foul odors at the site. Their report, released Monday by the state’s Department of Environmental Quality, caps off two years of complaints from city residents about steadily worsening air quality. […]

Fight over environmental review by Forest Service continues in courts

BY: - April 25, 2022

Even as President Joe Biden’s administration restores key components of a landmark environmental law altered under former President Donald Trump, controversial regulations governing environmental review of certain activities, like logging, in national forests will remain in place.  Following 2020 revisions by Trump to the National Environmental Policy Act — sometimes called the Magna Carta of […]

3 big reasons why the Biden climate agenda is floundering

BY: - April 22, 2022

President Joe Biden’s climate agenda took a hit this month when the Interior Department said it would open 144,000 acres of federal land up for oil and gas development to comply with a court order to restart fossil fuel development. The announcement marked yet another setback for a presidential climate plan that was once seen […]

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What new Virginia laws reveal about how the natural gas industry sees its future 

BY: - April 21, 2022

Natural gas is having a moment. The war in Ukraine spotlighted Europe’s heavy reliance on Russian gas and the challenge of replacing it with new supplies from elsewhere. Suddenly the Biden administration, after talking so much about the need to get off fossil fuels, wants to expand oil and gas production and boost exports of […]