ENERGY + ENVIRONMENT

WASHINGTON — Property rights advocates and environmentalists are often foes when it comes to federal regulations. But they’ve found some common ground in their shared desire to prod Congress and the courts to overhaul the federal permitting process for natural gas pipelines. Property rights advocates contend that the current system enables...
When the General Assembly reconvenes for its final day of the 2020 session Thursday, it may take up an 11th-hour proposal from Democratic Sen. Louise Lucas of Portsmouth that would smooth the path for Dominion Energy to establish a program that could put up to 1,250 electric school buses...
The Virginia Clean Economy Act cleared its last hurdle in the General Assembly this week when both the House of Delegates and the Senate agreed to a final version that reflected the more aggressive House timeline of making Virginia’s electric grid carbon-free by 2045 while also incorporating stronger protections...
A bill from a freshman Democrat that could cut into Dominion Energy’s profits caused a stir at the Capitol Wednesday when it passed over the objections of two of the most powerful members of the Senate, Majority Leader Dick Saslaw of Fairfax and Minority Leader Tommy Norment of James...
The Virginia Clean Economy Act continues to bump along towards the finish line, losing pieces of itself but picking up new and different features as it makes its tortuous way.Most recently, and disconcertingly, Republicans representing southwest Virginia persuaded the Senate to remove a key provision requiring the closure...
After almost two years of operating on a temporary basis, the Virginia Council on Environmental Justice became permanent Wednesday when Gov. Ralph Northam signed a bill establishing it as an advisory body to the executive branch.“It's past time we created a permanent council on environmental justice,” said Northam in...
By David Tran/ Capital News Service A bill in the General Assembly that bans expanded polystyrene containers, also known as plastic foam, at all food vendors by 2025 currently is in limbo while both chambers hash out a Senate amendment rejected by the House. House Bill 533 would prohibit food vendors, including...
A Democrat-led Senate panel Monday night killed a bipartisan bill that aimed to restore a system of electric utility rate review that could have returned hundreds of millions in overearnings to customers of Dominion Energy, vividly illustrating the power that the state's largest electric monopoly still wields in the...
Norfolk Mayor Kenny Alexander appeared at a Senate Democratic Caucus meeting in Richmond Monday to advocate against the Fair Energy Bills Act, a proposal being spearheaded by Del. Jay Jones, D-Norfolk, and Del. Lee Ware, R-Powhatan, that is opposed by Dominion Energy.Alexander's involvement infuriated Jones, who suggested Monday that...
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler wants Congress to deeply cut funding for his own agency in the next fiscal year.The Trump administration this month asked Congress to slash the EPA’s annual budget by about $2.4 billion for fiscal 2021— that’s a 26% cut from...