ENERGY + ENVIRONMENT

After putting in motion efforts to reduce emissions from the power and transportation sectors as a way to slow climate change, Virginia lawmakers are looking to chip away at the carbon problem by examining ways it can be sequestered in forests, waters and soils.“Once we get rid of all...
For the second year running, Senate legislation that would expand an electric school bus program being piloted by Dominion Energy is losing momentum in the House of Delegates.The bill was abruptly put on hold for the day Tuesday as it came up for a final vote in the House...
The Senate Commerce and Labor Committee on Monday swiftly killed the last of more than half a dozen bills this session that aimed to reform Virginia’s system of electric utility rate review, which is seen by Wall Street investors as favorable to the utilities and by critics as an...
By Peggy SannerEighteen months ago, Virginia released its Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan, which lays out the steps for achieving a restored Chesapeake Bay and healthy local rivers and streams by 2025. Achieving that goal by the target date will depend on significantly accelerated state investments in the key...
After months of local wrangling over exploratory gold drilling in the forests of Buckingham County, the debate over whether Virginia wants to embrace a new era of gold mining or shut the door on an activity that hasn’t occurred here in decades has arrived at the General Assembly. The question...
A bill from Sen. Lynwood Lewis, D-Accomack, that would require large employers like poultry plants to publicly report any COVID-19 outbreaks that have been linked by the Virginia Department of Health to the worksite cleared the Senate Friday night. Crucially, however, the measure failed to garner enough support to go...
Virginia is, famously, a state that prides itself on being business-friendly. That makes it all the more interesting that a number of bills favoring consumers have made it through the House. Democrats have led the charge, but several of the bills earned bipartisan support even in the face of...
A bill that would let millions of electric customers in Virginia again begin purchasing renewable energy from companies other than the utility that controls their territory cleared the House of Delegates last week but now faces a Senate committee that struck the proposal down in 2020. “The Senate oftentimes is...
Old Dominion Electric Cooperative, which supplies electricity to nine of Virginia’s 13 electric cooperatives, on Thursday announced a goal of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The target is in line with a requirement of the Virginia Clean Economy Act that bars the state from issuing power plants carbon...
While a proposal to add language to state code classifying advanced recycling as a manufacturing rather than waste management activity died abruptly in House committee this week, the legislation is still alive in the Senate.“I’ve got to be honest, on the one hand people say, 'We need fewer landfills,...