ENERGY + ENVIRONMENT

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...
Virginia is asking the Richmond Circuit Court to dismiss a lawsuit by the Virginia Manufacturers Association that aims to block the state’s participation in a regional carbon cap-and-invest market because it says VMA didn’t pay its court fees in time. “The association did not, within 30 days after filing its...
With Virginia fully committed to the clean energy transition, you would think that by now, residents would be able to check a box on their utility bill to buy solar energy, or at least be able to call up a third-party solar provider to sell them electricity from solar.Not...
Almost four months after the cancellation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, federal regulators have ordered the project developers to provide a plan for what they intend to do with the facilities and the lands where the natural gas pipeline was supposed to be built. The order from the Federal Energy...
Thanks to a cool spring, early fall temperatures and the arrival of Hurricane Isaias in August, the Chesapeake Bay dead zone was less severe and lasted for a shorter time in 2020 than in previous years.The annual dead zone report for the bay, issued by the Virginia Institute of...
A hairy mini-monster from Virginia is drawing worldwide attention.It is invading, taking over our state and making us vomit.Except that it isn’t.The 1½-inch-long venomous creature, called a puss caterpillar, can indeed hurt you, as it did a New Kent County woman on Sept. 4. But the little creeper’s threat...
By Kim JemaineIn old Richmond, the downtown law firms were regarded by many as the paragon of virtue, a place for a respectable career and collegial praise. But something has changed, and “Exhibit A” is the shocking conflict of interest displayed by Williams Mullen in both simultaneously suing the...
2020 was supposed to be the year to make the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality great again. After years of budget cuts to the agency charged with maintaining the health of the commonwealth’s air, water and lands, a surplus of funds in state coffers promised to put millions of dollars...
Virginia will no longer sidestep recognition that climate change is occurring and poses an existential threat to the state’s way of life, shoreline, economies and resources, a new planning document released by Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration Thursday reveals. The report, called the Coastal Resilience Master Planning Framework, heralds a shift...