ENERGY + ENVIRONMENT

A bill filed by Del. Chris Hurst, D-Montgomery, to require any employer hiring a crew of 50 or more temporary workers during the COVID-19 pandemic to receive approval from the commissioner of labor and industry would complicate Mountain Valley Pipeline’s plans to deploy 4,000 workers to West Virginia and...
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says this year’s hurricane season could set a record for the number of storms big enough to be given names. NOAA now predicts a total of 19 to 25 named storms (winds of 39 mph or greater) in the Atlantic, of which 7...
A law that cleared the General Assembly this spring over the objections of Virginia’s powerful electric utilities and both Democrat and Republican leaders of the Senate has become a flashpoint in regulators’ first review of Appalachian Power’s rates in six years. The legislation, HB 528 sponsored by freshman Del. Suhas...
Gov. Ralph Northam assumed the chairmanship of the Chesapeake Executive Council Tuesday, taking the reins from Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan for a one-year term. The annual meeting of the council — which includes the governors of Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia and West Virginia, the mayor of Washington, D.C.,...
Dominion earned $75 million less than it was authorized to in 2019 but still collected an estimated half a billion dollars more than allowed between 2017 and 2019, the State Corporation Commission reported Tuesday. The numbers appeared in a report the body, which oversees electric utilities, is required to submit...
By Peggy SannerYou often smell them before you see them. Harmful algal blooms are an annual summer curse in Virginia’s waterways, staining waters shades of red, green and brown. This year has been no exception, with blooms observed from Lake Anna to the James, Lafayette and Lynnhaven Rivers, to...
With state regulators resuming their review of Virginia’s monopoly electric utility rates for the first time since 2014, Appalachian Power is seeking to raise customer rates by about 6.5 percent while also increasing shareholder returns going forward. The company, whose territory covers most of Southwestern Virginia, argues that its rates have...
With the COVID-19 pandemic closing businesses and driving unemployment to record levels, past due payments to Virginia utilities topped $184 million as of June 30 this summer.The total, provided in a letter from the State Corporation Commission to House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn, D-Fairfax, and Senate President Pro Tempore Louise...
Virginia is on track to meet its 2025 Chesapeake Bay cleanup goals, although lagging state efforts to manage agricultural and stormwater runoff could jeopardize its success, a report by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation released Thursday said. “When we look at what needs to be done, right now the wastewater folks...
By Wanda Roberts, Barb Adams, Elizabeth Kreydatus and Denise RobbinsThe cancellation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline was welcome news. Many of Virginia’s citizens, nonprofit groups, and legal defenders that fought for years to keep that pipeline from being built, and we are grateful for their tireless work. It...