ENERGY + ENVIRONMENT

Two massive companies have launched a new initiative to make the most of hog gas from dozens of operations in three states, including Virginia.Dominion Energy and Smithfield Foods announced a joint venture Tuesday, dubbed Align Renewable Natural Gas, aimed at using methane from hog farms as a power source...
Amazon Web Services jump-started the utility solar industry in Virginia in 2015, when it announced plans for its first solar farm in Accomack County. Three years later, Amazon remains (for now) the biggest purchaser of solar in the commonwealth, allowing it to offset some of the enormous amount of...
The Atlantic Coast Pipeline hit another permitting snag Tuesday when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers suspended the 600-mile project's authorization to cross hundreds of waterways and wetlands."Following requests from Appalachian Mountain Advocates (Appalmad) attorneys, the Norfolk, Huntington, and Pittsburgh districts of the Army Corps of Engineers have each...
Steve Haner at Bacon's Rebellion has a good breakdown of a recent Dominion Energy earnings call in which CEO Tom Farrell said the company's Atlantic Coast Pipeline's cost estimates had ballooned to $6.5 to $7 billion.Per the transcript, Farrell blamed a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission stop-work order and delays...
Dominion Energy's latest report on the costs and feasibility of recycling and landfilling of nearly 30 million tons of coal ash, instead of capping it in place, has shaved roughly a billion dollars from the upper end of estimates prepared last year.That, lawmakers and environmental groups say, is the...
Sadly, Gov. Ralph Northam's decision last week to replace two members of the State Air Pollution Control Board, even as the board considers a crucial permit that would allow a compressor station for Dominion Energy's Atlantic Coast Pipeline, is far from an anomaly.Between 2006 and 2010, during my second...
Gov. Ralph Northam named new members for the state's air and water boards a day after he ignited the ire of environmental groups by removing air board members whose terms expired months ago just as the panel weighs a crucial permit for Dominion Energy's Atlantic Coast Pipeline.“We hope these...
Gov. Ralph Northam will replace two members of the State Air Pollution Control Board and at least one member of the State Water Control Board more than four months after their terms ended.Notably, the decision to replace the two members of the air board — Rebecca Rubin and Samuel Bleicher,...
An E&E News analysis out today finds that the federal Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration sought no fine in 90 percent of the 137 pipeline fires or explosions since 2019.The article quotes Bath County landowner Bill Limpert, who has fought Dominion Energy's proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which plans to...
In each of the past two legislative sessions, the General Assembly has hit the pause button on Dominion Energy's plans to close ponds containing millions of tons of coal ash at four sites across the state.Some state lawmakers and environmental groups have pushed the reluctant utility to dig up...